Poonam Pandey’s recent prank about her death due to cervical cancer has brought this important health issue to light. While her story is certainly tragic, it also serves as a reminder for all women to be aware of this preventable disease.
What is Cervical Cancer?
Cervical cancer is a type of cancer associated with the cervix, the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. It starts when abnormal cells in the cervix grow out of control. The vast majority of these cases (around 99%) are the result of infection with certain types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus.
What are the Symptoms of Cervical Cancer?
Early-stage cervical cancer often has no symptoms. That’s why regular screening is crucial. In later stages, the common symptoms are:-
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding after sex and after menopause
- Pelvic pain
- Pain during sex
- Unusual vaginal discharge
Causes of Cervical Cancer:
As mentioned earlier, the vast majority (around 99%) of cervical cancer cases stem from infection with specific strains of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). This sexually transmitted virus can infect the cervix, leading to abnormal cell growth that, if left unchecked, can turn cancerous. While not all HPV infections progress to cancer, some strains, particularly HPV 16 and 18, pose a higher risk.
Beyond HPV, other factors can contribute to the disease development, including:
- Weakened immune system: Conditions like HIV/AIDS can hinder your body’s ability to fight HPV infection.
- Smoking: Smoking damages cervical cells and weakens the immune system, increasing cancer risk.
- Long-term use of oral contraceptives: The prolonged use of birth control pills can cause it.
- Diet and lifestyle: While research is ongoing, some studies suggest a link between poor diet, obesity, and cervical cancer risk.
What are the Treatments of Cervical cancer?
The good news is that cervical cancer, when detected early, has high cure rates. Treatment options depend on the stage of the cancer, but may include:
- Surgery: Removal of the cervix (hysterectomy) or surrounding tissue is often the first line of treatment, especially for early-stage cancer.
- Radiation therapy: High-energy beams target and destroy cancer cells. It may be used alone or combined with surgery.
- Chemotherapy: Powerful drugs that kill cancer cells throughout the body, often used in conjunction with radiation therapy for advanced cases.
Prevention is key; taking effective measures can significantly reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer:
- HPV vaccination
- Regular Pap smears
- Safe sex practices
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Remember, early detection and treatment significantly improve the chances of successful treatment for the disease. If you experience any concerning symptoms, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor.
Cervical Cancer Awareness: Poonam Pandey’s Death Stunt
In a shocking event, social media sensation and Bollywood actor Poonam Pandey’s manager posted that “This morning is a tough one for us. Deeply saddened to inform you that we have lost our beloved Poonam to cervical cancer. Every living form that ever came in contact with her was met with pure love and kindness. In this time of grief, we would request privacy while we remember her fondly for all that we shared (sic).” This was a heartbreaking news for all her fans but later it was revealed that this was a stunt to raise awareness among her fans about Cervical Cancer. Neither she is dead nor she has Cervical cancer.
Born in Kanpur on March 11, 1991, Poonam Pandey, who debuted in Bollywood with the film ‘Nasha’ in 2013, was not just an actor but also a social media influencer and a philanthropist. She also acted in Telugu and Bhojpuri movies She was one of the top contestants of the Gladrags Manhunt and Megamodel Contest and was also featured on the magazine’s cover. Her popularity soared after participating in the reality shows ‘Lock Upp,’ and ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 4’ showcasing her multifaceted personality. She also played the role of Jalebi Bai in shows like Total Nadaniyaan and Pyaar Mohabbat Ssshhh.
Poonam Pandey’s rise to infamy
Her last release was ‘The Journey of Karma’ released in 2018. After this, she released erotic videos on her website and app behind a paywall. She was famous for her bold and provocative posts on social media. She claimed to strip for the Indian cricket team if they won the World Cup. However, this didn’t happen, as she said that the BCCI denied the permission. But she didn’t stop there, and in 2012, she posed nude when the Kolkata Knight Riders won the IPL. She also developed a website and an app, but Google banned it. Poonam was arrested for filming a nude video in Goa.
Poonam Pandey’s passing serves as a reminder that cervical cancer is serious but can be prevented by staying informed, getting vaccinated, and attending regular screenings. Let’s honor her memory by raising awareness and empowering women to protect themselves.