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Poonam Pandey Raises Awareness About Cervical Cancer: Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Disease

After claims of model-actress Poonam Pandey passing away at the age of 32 due to cancer came to light, it's been revealed that she's, in fact, healthy and alive, and performed the stunt to raise awareness regarding cervical cancer.

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Model-actress Poonam Pandey caused a stirred on the internet with claims of the actress passing away. Her team put out a social media post about the actress’ supposed demise on February 2. The post read, “This morning is a tough one for us. I am deeply saddened to inform you that we have lost our beloved Poonam to cervical cancer. Every living being that ever came into 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.”

Now, on February 3, the actress has herself announced that she’s well and alive. “Her bold act aims to spotlight the urgency of regular screenings, early detection, and the power of knowledge in conquering this silent threat.”

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Cervical cancer? For those unaware, here’s all you must know about this type of cancer variant. 

Cervical cancer is a significant health concern impacting women globally, and is more common than one would anticipate. It is a type of cancer that develops in the tissues of the cervix, the organ that connects the uterus and vagina. According to the World Health Organization, “Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women globally with an estimated 604,000 new cases and 342,000 deaths in 2020.”

Symptoms:

While cancer in the early stages might not have any symptoms, it starts to grow slowly. Nevertheless, all women must look out for the following symptoms.

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  • Vaginal bleeding after sex, after menopause, between menstrual cycles

  • Different vaginal discharge

  • Pelvic pain 

  • Painful bowel movements and blood in the urine  

  • Backache

  • Swelling of the legs

  • Abdominal pain 

  • Lethargy and extreme tiredness 

Causes:

Cervical cancer is caused by various factors, a few of which are daily activities of many women.

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection: This is almost always the main cause, and is transmitted through sexual activity. 

  • Weak immune system

  • Smoking or passively smoking

  • Sexual activity at an early age

  • Oral contraceptives

  • Obesity

Prevention:

Cervical cancer is easily one of the most preventable and curable type of cancer variant, if detected early. Late-stages can also be managed through suitable treatment and palliative care.

  • HPV vaccination: This is the best way to avoid cervical cancer. 

  • Regular pap smears: A method in which cancer cells are scraped from the cervix and examined thoroughly.

  • Safe sex 

  • No smoking 

  • Healthy lifestyle

When detected, cervical cancer is both treatable and preventable. It’s advisable for young female teenagers to get HPV vaccinations so that there’s a less risk of attaining this type of cancer variant later on.

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