The reports that the Reality TV star, Jade Goody, 27, a mother of two, had been diagnosed with cervical cancer have shocked even those who were outraged when she abused Indian actor Shilpa Shetty in the 2007 Celebrity Big Brother show.
Her publicity agent informed that she had decided to take the first flight from India was expected to reach here by Tuesday evening. She will receive treatment near her home in Essex.
Cervical cancer develops from cells lining the neck of the womb. It is the second most common cancer among under-35 women in the UK. There are around 2,700 new cases each year. But the survival rate is high, if diagnosed early.
Jade was conveyed the results of test reports by her agent. A close friend was reported saying, “She spoke to her agent and then her consultant in the UK. She just burst into tears, ran out and said to housemates ‘I have cancer’. Jade was then led out of the house.”
The news was a blow for her as she had gone to India to appear in the Indian version of the Big Brother show — ironically with Shilpa as the presenter. She is said to have received £100,000 for the show.
Jade believed that appearing in the Indian show was the best way to say sorry, although she had apologised profusely during her visit to Delhi last year. “I am sorry for the hurt and pain that my actions caused,” Jade told a televised press conference.
Her agent said she went for the tests earlier this month and this was the latest after her third cancer scare. Jade’s publicist Max Clifford, noted for handling celebrities, said, “Hopefully they have caught it in the early stages.”
There was speculation here over whether the footage showing her breaking the news would be aired in the UK. But the Sun said scenes showing Jade being told of her diagnosis were not broadcast and will not be shown in India either. Sources said the cameras were not on at that time.