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What Jade's cancer battle can teach us

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Celebrity gossip, Jade Goody, receiving treatment for cancer
Jade Goody's public battle with cancer has brought the disease to the forefront. But what can we learn from Jade's case? And how can her experience help other women avoid cervical cancer?

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Cervical cancer: The facts

  • Cervical cancer is caused by some strains of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
  • You can get the HPV virus by having sex, but it doesn't have to be penetrative.
  • Around 80% of us will contract the HPV virus at some point in our lifetime, but for most people it will require no treatment and go away on its own.
  • Around 2,800 women a year in the UK will develop cervical cancer.
  • Most of those will be in their 30s or 40s, but Jade has proved that's not always the case.
  • 4.4 million women are invited for cervical screening every year in the UK and 24,000 of those will have abnormal results.
  • Of those 24,000 only 8% will develop cervical cancer.


Cervical cancer: How can you protect yourself?

  • Using a condom when having penetrative sex reduces your risk of catching the HPV virus, and therefore reduces your risk of getting cervical cancer.
  • Smoking also increases your risk of getting cervical cancer, so quit while you can.
  • Cervical smear tests are the best way to prevent against cervical cancer.
  • Girls between 12 and 13 will now all be offered the cervical cancer vaccine in schools which could save hundreds of lives. However, it's important if your daughter gets the jab, she must still have a smear tests every 3-5 years (every year if an abnormal result is found) from the age of 25 as it doesn't prevent against all strains of the HPV virus.
  • At the moment, smears are offered to women over 25 but it's been questioned whether the age should be lowered. If you, or your daughter is under 25 but have been sexually active for a long time then, it could be worth requesting a smear at a GUM clinic or at your GP's surgery.

All pages in this article

  1. 1. What Jade's cancer battle can teach us
  2. 2. What happens when cancer spreads?
  1. 3. Cancer survival rates

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curl

Hey thanks for sharing awesome stuff here..

sue topping

it is true that you should never ignore signals be it cervical cancer or other types, my mother had breast cancer yet she told no-one, we found out 5 hrs before she died. If she had sought out help we were told it could have been treated, she was scared of hospitals and doctors yet had she gone to them im sure she would she would be here today.

Carron

we can learn from jade goody never ever ignore abnormal smear results no matter how scared you are. Nothing is worse then been told thats it we cant do anymore for you. Your health should be important to you more then money or publicity. Id never ignore an abnormal result and i can talk from experience as i have had cin3 and had them burnt cells taken away yes it wasnt a plesant experience but i would go through that 20 times over as long as it kept the cells turnn cancerous. please go get regular smear tests and be careful when havin sex always use a condom

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