Sounds ghoulish, but why not? You don’t have to look, and Goody has three perfectly good reasons to do it. The money will make sure her children will be comfortable, secure and well educated (she particularly wants them educated); it will keep her busy and take her mind off cancer and death; and she’s hoping it will encourage girls and young women to be more aware of cervical cancer, get themselves screened and inoculated, so that they won’t have to go through what she’s going through. When Kylie Minogue went public with her breast cancer, there was a 40% increase in breast screening after her announcement. Luckily Kylie survived. Jade’s warning will be all the more dreadful and may scare many young women into taking better care of themselves. Since she was diagnosed in August 2008, 20% more women across Britain have had cervical smears. Her big blaze of publicity seems to be reaching everyone, from every class, because everyone’s goggling at it. Pain and suffering is always more riveting than happiness, and here we have a huge measure of it.
Come on, this column makes you think, doesn’t it, you media-saturated, cynical so-and-so. You made the same mistake we all did – you stopped believing Jade Goody was a person.