Poonam Pandey, who was seen on Lock Upp season one has allegedly passed away at the age of 32 after her fight with cervical cancer. The star’s death speculations emerged after a post made by her team on Instagram saying the actress is no more.
Here is everything you need to know about Cervical Cancer:
What is Cervical Cancer?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that when cancer starts in the cervix, it is called cervical cancer. The cervix connects the vagina (birth canal) to the upper part of the uterus. “Anyone with a cervix is at risk for cervical cancer. It occurs most often in people over age 30. Long-lasting infection with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer. HPV is a common virus that is passed from one person to another during sex. At least half of sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives, but few will get cervical cancer,” said CDC.
What are symptoms of Cervical Cancer?
Unusual Vaginal Discharge: Changes in the color, consistency, or odor of vaginal discharge may signal an infection or abnormality in the cervix. If the discharge persists or appears unusual, it is crucial to promptly consult a healthcare professional.Abnormal Bleeding: Women experiencing abnormal bleeding, whether occurring between periods, after sexual activity, or post-menopause, should undergo investigation. Such bleeding could serve as a warning sign for various conditions, including cancer or cervical dysplasia.Pelvic Pain: Persistent pelvic pain or discomfort in the cervix may indicate a cervical problem, necessitating a thorough investigation to determine the underlying cause.
Painful Urination: Discomfort or pain during urination can be indicative of an infection affecting the urinary or reproductive system. Seeking medical attention is essential for an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
Changes in Urinary or Bowel Habits: Any alterations in urinary or bowel habits, such as increased frequency, difficulty, or urgency, warrant evaluation. These changes may be linked to cervical issues or other pelvic conditions.
Cervix Cancer part of Interim Budget:
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the interim Union Budget for 2024-2025 on Thursday, among other announcements, also said the government will encourage vaccination for girls in the 9-14 year age group for the prevention of cervical cancer.
Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla hailed the government’s announcement.
“I applaud the announcement to vaccinate girls aged 9-14 against cervical cancer. Let’s pledge to prevent HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and ensure easy access to vaccination. Extending health cover for ASHA and anganwadi workers, setting up more medical colleges and streamlining maternal and child healthcare schemes demonstrate a holistic commitment to health,” he wrote in a post on X.
Other medical experts said creation of more medical colleges in the country is “crucial”.
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