The heartbreaking news shared by her team on Instagram revealed that 32-year-old model and actress Poonam Pandey has been diagnosed with cervical cancer. “This morning is difficult for us. It is with deep sadness that we have lost our beloved Poonam to cervical cancer. Every living form he came in contact with was met with pure love and kindness. In this time of grief, we request privacy as we remember him fondly for all that we shared,” read the post shared on Poonam’s Instagram handle.
Poonam Pandey’s Cause of Death: Cervical Cancer?
Cervical cancer develops in a woman’s uterus – the entrance to the uterus from the vagina. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 99% of cervical cancer cases are associated with high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, a very common sexually transmitted virus. Although most HPV infections resolve spontaneously and cause no symptoms, persistent infection can lead to cervical cancer in women. WHO also noted, “Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women. Effective primary (HPV vaccination) and secondary prevention methods (screening and treatment for precancerous lesions) will prevent most cases of cervical cancer.”
Cervical Cancer: The Importance of Vaccination
Dr Krishnaveni Nayini, Senior Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Yashoda Hospitals Hyderabad, says, “Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus. HPV can easily be transmitted between partners during any sexual activity. Most sexually active men and women will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives. will be exposed to it and clear the virus from their body spontaneously within a few months (as is the case with other viruses such as colds and flu). vaginal. and anal sex, oral sex and low-risk non-penetrative sex.”
Often an HPV infection clears up within two years, and it’s only when it’s present in a small number of women that it can develop into precancerous cells called cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), Dr. Naini said.
The HPV vaccine helps prevent HPV-related cancers in boys and girls. “While most types of HPV are harmless, some high-risk types can lead to the development of cancer, including cervical cancer, head and neck cancer (mouth and throat), and rectal and genital cancer,” said Dr. Naini.
According to doctors, vaccination should be given between the ages of 9 and 12, before first intercourse, said Dr Pramod Kumar Jhulka, senior director of medical oncology at Max Institute of Cancer Care, Lajpat Nagar. “Earlier, we used to say the vaccine should be taken before marriage. But changing times and social habits mean that it is better to take the vaccine before first intercourse.”
Poonam Pandey Death: Official Post
Check out the post confirming Pandey’s death
Lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of cervical cancer
Dr Pooja Mehta, Director – Unit Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Marengo Asia Hospital, Gurugram, points out that certain measures can help reduce the risk of cervical cancer. Steps include:
– Quit smoking
– Avoid taking birth control pills
– Be careful with multiple sexual partners
– Go for regular pap smears or screenings
– Make dietary changes: Eat lots of fruits, vegetables and healthy foods