Jade Goody Documentary Viewers Horrified At The Way She Was Told She Had Cancer

Viewers of Channel 4′s Jade Goody documentary were left feeling heartbroken and horrified over how the Indian version of Big Brother handled her cancer diagnosis. 

The late reality star received news she had cervical cancer while appearing on the show in August 2008. 

Scenes revealing how she was told and the subsequent fall out aired as part of the documentary looking back at Jade’s life 10 years on from her death.

Jade Goody found out she had cervical cancer while in the Indian Big Brother house (Photo: Colors)

On Wednesday night, UK viewers saw how Jade was called to the Diary Room where she received a phone call from her doctors to inform her of the diagnosis, with commentary from various talking heads revealing she was not aware the cameras were still on.

Footage of her sobbing as she told her housemates of the news also aired, as a TV executive claimed Indian producers had tried to prevent her from leaving the house to return to the UK. 

The scenes proved to be a heartbreaking watch, with viewers outraged at how Jade’s diagnosis was exploited for the show...

Ultimately, Jade did return home to commence treatment after just two days in the Big Boss house. 

She had originally signed up for the show by way of an apology for her treatment of Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty on the 2007 series of Celebrity Big Brother, which saw a race row engulf the series

The final part of the Channel 4 documentary also covered the events in the lead up to Jade’s death cancer in March 2009, with heartbreaking accounts from her family and friends about her final weeks. 

Ahead of the episode airing, a cervical cancer charity urged viewers not to shame women who are nervous about cervical screenings , after numbers attending appointments hit a 19-year low.

Jade Goody: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain is available to watch on All4 now. 


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Check Your Body

You know your body best. If you notice any unusual changes like abnormal bleeding from your vagina, pain in your pelvis or lower back, or pain during sexual intercourse, don't ignore it. Make some time to talk to your doctor.

Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Eat a balanced diet and try not to smoke. Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke have both been linked to cervical cancer. If you smoke, reducing your risk of cervical cancer is yet another reason to quit.

When Should You Have A Pap Test?

You should have a Pap test within three years of becoming sexually active, or by the age of 21. If you are currently not sexually active or have not been sexually active in years, experts suggest still getting the test.

Pap Tests Should Happen 1-3 Years

You should have a Pap test performed every one to three years depending on previous results. If you have trouble remembering, there are a number of calender apps you can sign up for.

Take The Test At The Right Time

Doctors recommend you have the Pap test in the middle part of your menstrual cycle — that means between 10 to 20 days after the first day of your period.

Don't Do It Before The Test

Don’t have sexual intercourse 24 hours before the test, as this can affect your results.

What About Hysterectomies?

If you've had a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus), you may still need a Pap test. Talk to your doctor for more information.

Practice Safe Sex...All The Time

The biggest risk factor for developing cervical cancer is an infection of the cervix with human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus. HPV infections are quite common and most go away on their own, but some don’t. These are the infections that can lead to cancer if they aren't caught by Pap tests and treated early.

Get The Vaccine

Get vaccinated against HPV. The HPV vaccine can help reduce the risk of cervical cancer, as well as vulvar, vaginal and anal cancer.

Know Your Medical History

Know your medical history as well as your family history, especially if anyone in your family has had cancer. However, cancer can affect anyone at any stage of life, so give yourself the best chance for survival by getting it diagnosed early.

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