For publicising the risk of cervical cancer. And I hope you will be fine.
According to TOI,
The exit of British television celebrity Jade Goody from the reality show Big Boss was a shocker. But what surprised most was the revelation of the fatal disease – cervical cancer that Goody was detected with. The word ‘Cervic Cancer’ since then has been googled infinite times (according to Google Trends) in the past one week thus revealing the immense curiosity, coupled with a lack of awareness about the cancer.
The growing risk of cervical cancer in women in India (aged 0-64 years) is 2.4% compared to 1.3% for the world.
Since I don’t really trust the TOI as a source of reliable information, especially when it comes to health, please click here for more information regarding prevention and treatment of this cancer.
I was amazed to read this:
Since the age of 16, Goody said she has had four smear tests to detect cervical cancer, which all showed up pre-cancerous cells in her womb.
She said she had had treatment three weeks ago following an abnormal smear test, after she collapsed at her home in Essex.
But she was given the all-clear and decided to go ahead with the India trip because she was being paid £100,000 and needed the money, she said.
Cervical cancer is entirely preventable when detected early, by smear tests and there are common techniques available to remove the pre-cancerous cells. Is it the fault of the NHS for not providing her this treatment? The Mail says:
Her publicist Max Clifford, who is paying for the tests, says her condition should have been diagnosed earlier.
He said: ‘What has happened to Jade is very wrong and very worrying.
‘According to the doctor I have put her in touch with this should have been diagnosed a long time ago.
‘Thankfully Jade is now with the best people there are, having thorough investigations and then the treatment she desperately needs.’
In the US, the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, has come under much scrutiny and huge debates have ensued (mostly among conservatives) over whether or not the mandatory vaccination of girls may promote sexual activity.
Apparently in the UK the ‘jab’ will be routinised amongst 12-13 year old girls next month, and The Telegraph reports that now older women may be eligible for it:
Professor Margaret Stanley, an adviser to the HPV sub-group of the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation, described the move as a “remarkable volte-face”.
“Vaccinating older girls and women who have active sexual lives will have an effect but it will be much less than immunising the virgins,” she said.
“There is the real anxiety that these older girls and women may think that they had had a magic bullet, are protected, don’t go for their smears and the cancers aren’t picked up at an early stage.”
Ministers at the Department of Health were said to have chosen the cheaper Cervarix vaccine over the more expensive Gardasil to avoid any extra expense.
A DoH spokeswoman confirmed ministers were considering a possible extension: “We are looking at the most effective uses for the vaccine and are currently assessing the strengths and weaknesses of offering it to over 18s, including cost effectiveness.”
But she added: “There is no evidence that extending the vaccination to over 18s would deter women from having smear tests. Receiving the vaccine could in fact provide an opportunity to remind women of the need for screening.”