- Uterine cancer is the 6th most common cancer in women worldwide.
- In 2020, there were more than 417,000 new cases of uterine cancer and over 97,000 women died from the disease.
- Uterine cancer is the most common type of gynecologic cancer in high income countries.
- The incidence and mortality of uterine cancer has been increasing by almost 2% a year, with even sharper spikes among Asian, Black and Hispanic communities in the United States.
- The cause for the rapid rise in the incidence of uterine cancers is hypothesized to be that risk factors are on the rise, including high and rising rates of obesity and shifts in reproductive trends, such as having fewer children and delaying childbirth until later in life.
- Uterine cancer most frequently occurs in women over the age of 45, though it can affect younger women.
Introducing June as Uterine Cancer Awareness Month
A global initiative from the International Gynecologic Cancer Advocacy Network (IGCAN) and its advocacy partners.
The International Gynecologic Cancer Society, with support from patient advocacy organizations around the world have decided that it’s time for a global effort to raise awareness of uterine and endometrial cancer. Together, we are declaring the month of June as Uterine Cancer Awareness Month, starting in 2023.
Uterine cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer among women residing in high-income countries. And unlike many other cancers, the incidence and death rates are rising. But it doesn't get the same media attention as ovarian and cervical cancer. Our goal with Uterine Cancer Awareness Month is to make sure more women are informed of the risk factors and symptoms to look out for and to be empowered with this knowledge to advocate for themselves and seek medical help sooner.
The Endometrial Cancer Action Network for African-Americans is a supportive community that shares educational information, stories, and empowers African-American women affected by endometrial cancer to become advocates for improved care and research.