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Jade Goody's Death Was Preventable?

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That's what a former NHS doctor is saying!

Dr. Ann Coxon has said of Jade Goody's death that it was preventable had the NHS paid attention to the reality star's "glaringly obvious" symptoms. Coxon explains:

"She'd had abnormal smear tests since she was 16 so by the time she was 27 it didn't worry her much, because she didn't really know what it meant. It had never been properly explained to her.

"After she was diagnosed she said to me, in that typically Jade way, 'I'm not daft. If I'd known it was to do with cancer, I'd have been checked out every three months.' Jade realized she had been let down. She simply said, 'Sometimes people make mistakes.'"

Jade Goody died of cervical cancer one year ago today.

So sad.

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34 comments to “Jade Goody's Death Was Preventable?”



  1. 1

    Who cares!



  2. 2

    And that's the kind of care we're heading towards.



  3. 3

    jade herself had said that she was skipping her appointments. whenever you have abnormal paps, the possibility of the cells becoming cancerous is always explained. i don't believe that she didn't know. i think she just stopped going for her paps and it was too late by the time she got checked again.



  4. 4

    This dumb bitch let herself down. It's not the NHS's fault!



  5. 5

    to be fair she was sent a notice about abormal cells in her smear test and didnt follow it up. its easy to look back and say what could have been done better but sometimes a person has to take some responsibility for her own health. she did in the end and acheived a lot of dignity from that. Going back now and playing the blame game takes away from her last days a bit.



  6. 6

    The #1 reason women die of cervical cancer is because they either didn't have their regular gynocological exam or didn't follow up. When my doc spotted a few cell changes in a regular exam, they called me in immediately and put me on the schedule for a 3-month recheck. The HPV strain that causes cervical cancer is very agressive and needs to be monitored closely.



  7. 7

    Sad but she could have done some research herself or simply asked her doctor "What does that mean??" Why can't people take responsibility for their own lives, why do we have to put it off on other people? Your body, your concern, you better make sure you're taking care of yourself. The resources are there, use them!



  8. 8

    It was her own responsibility to be informed about the tests and her body. She let herself and her two children who will grow up without a mother down!



  9. 9

    Educate yourself !!



  10. 10

    The NHS are such a fail. They never explain anything, and when my mum went in for an operation as simple as removing a few gall stones, she had to return 6 times due to the fact they got it wrong the first 5.
    United States, do yourselves a favor and stick to paying for your healtcare - at least it'll get the job done hopefully to a more proffesional standard.



  11. 11

    While she was remiss, it's not all her fault. Someone in a medical role should have taken the time to explain.



  12. 12

    Cervical cancer is one of the most treatable diseases, if it's caught early. But it's up to the individual to take an active role and have a pap done regularly. So yes, I do believe this death was preventable had she taken a more proactive approach to her health. There's nothing that can be done about that now, however her story can serve as a lesson for others. Get a pap at least a couple of times a year and follow up!



  13. 13

    Re: jeanmarie – so you're saying that when it comes to your own health you're willing to wait for someone to tell you what you should be doing to take care of yourself? no, the only person who is responsible for what happens to your body is YOU.



  14. 14

    Yes, women you have to have your pap smears every year! I know they suck, but I guess you can suffer for five minutes than suffering in the long run from cancer right?? Look at me, I don't only get pap smears every year, I also get that freaking painful biopsies also…they hurt like hell, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Educate yourselves women.



  15. 15

    Ladies, listen up! No one has to get cervical cancer, particularly if you are going to your OBGYN regularly and getting your pap test done and HPV screening. Easy as pie!



  16. 16

    Re: Babble-Hounds – The US has it's horror stories also, so please don't assume that universal care is always to blame when things go wrong. Patient's need to demand information and explanations no matter what system they are in. The US is the only industrialized country in the world without universal health care. There are different ways of funding and administering the health care. With all the various systems providing universal health in the world for the US study, there has to be way to figure out what works best for this country and start the process of providing it. We have some great minds in this country. I believe we can do that and minimize the weak spots by studying the failures of other systems and eliminating that weak link. The US can do anything it sets its mind to do, but you have to start the process and find out what works for everyone, not just those that can afford health insurance.



  17. 17

    sad that she died, but she said on numerous occassions that when she got the abnormal pap smear she 'stuck her head in the sand' and didn't go back. When she did it was too late…..
    So i'm sorry it's no-ones fault, not even hers she didn't intend to die but you can't blame the NHS because she didn't want to go back.

  18. merez says – reply to this


    18

    respect and shit but was a massive racist and vile human god bless her



  19. 19

    YEAH AND SHE WAS ON BRITAINS FREE HEALTHCARE… WONDER WHY SHE DIED? WONDER WHY THEY DIDN'T PREVENT IT?

    NOTHING FREE IS EVER QUALITY.



  20. 20

    Re: Babble-Hounds – EXACTLY. MY FATHER'S HEART PAINS WERE MISDIAGNOSED AS INDIGESTION AND HE DIED A YEAR LATER OF A MASSIVE HEART ATTACK. PAY FOR YOUR HEALTHCARE!!!!!!!!!



  21. 21

    Re: sweptaway – IF IT'S SUCH A GREAT IDEA THEN WHY ARE NONE OF THE POLIITICANS GOING TO BE USING THE FREE HEALTHCARE??????????????????????



  22. 22

    no one cares!



  23. 23

    Will you PLEASE stop flogging this dead horse… She was a nobody to begin with and in death that hasn't changed.



  24. 24

    this is old news, from about a year ago here in uk we got told!! CATCH UP



  25. 25

    i have also been diagnosed with high risk abnormal cells. i have been getting regularly tested for the last 6 years now. without regular paps and the information my gynocologist has given me, i would have probably developed cervical cancer by now as well. you're reminded constantly of it by your doctor… there's no way you're unaware of the help you need unless you simply don't go. this is coming from someone who has been there.



  26. 26

    so sad rip Jade I wonder how her kids are.



  27. 27

    And this is the kind of health care system that Adolph Pelosi and Adolph Obama have just given the American people.



  28. 28

    Eva Peron died of the same ailment.

    Ladies, get your ob-gyn checkups and be sure to follow up. The life you save may be your own.



  29. 29

    Aww i feel so bad for her two little boys she had. even though obviously she should of taken more care of herself and gone to her appointments it is still sad that she has passed. have a little more compassion people. how would you like it if someone said those things about your family member has passed. you douches!



  30. 30

    That's UK care for you. And you want that here???



  31. 31

    O, WOW! That is SO SAD!!!



  32. 32

    Another casualty of socialized medicine - we have the same problem here in Quebec (and Canada) - piss poor medical care and extremely long waits. OUr good doctor are moving to the States because of better pay and better working conditions. If you want good medical care, continue to have doctors taking care of it (and that means having private insurance) - do not let the governement decide how you should be cared for.



  33. 33

    Lemesee…Doesn't the UK have GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE??? Just saying…



  34. 34

    Re: sweptaway – Sure! our government will do a great job of "funding and administering" health care! Just like the job they've done "funding and administering" Social Security!