Uterine cancer, also known as endometrial cancer or cancer of the womb, is a common type of cancer which affects around 8,200 women every year in the UK. It’s the fourth most common cancer affecting women.
Most uterine cancers start in the cells in the womb’s lining (endometrium) but occasionally the cancer begins in the muscles around the womb. Experts are not sure what causes uterine cancer but hormonal imbalances could put you more at risk, as could menopause, using HRT, obesity and diabetes.
Uterine cancer usually causes abnormal vaginal bleeding, which may get heavier. Because it’s usually women who have gone through menopause who are diagnosed with uterine cancer, any vaginal bleeding is considered unusual. In younger women, heavier periods or bleeding in between periods may be noticed. Pain in the abdomen and during sex may also be experienced. The most common treatment for early-stage uterine cancer is a hysterectomy, or surgical removal of the womb. This cures the cancer but women will no longer be able to get pregnant. For younger women who still want to have children, hormone therapy may be used instead. Failure to diagnose uterine cancer could mean that the cancer becomes too widespread for a hysterectomy, and the only treatment may be drugs to help relieve symptoms.
Has a negligent doctor affected your prognosis?
Receiving a timely diagnosis of cancer means that treatment can begin straight away, improving your chances of being completely cured. Your GP’s failure to diagnose uterine cancer could give the cancer the opportunity to spread into other parts of your body, making a hysterectomy unlikely to be the solution. Failure to diagnose uterine cancer could lead to unnecessary suffering and even death. If you or someone you love has been affected by medical negligence, contact a personal injury lawyer to see if you could claim compensation.
To discuss your potential claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown