Popular Indian model and actress Poonam Pandey faked her own death in a post on Instagram.
In this way, the woman wanted to draw attention to the spread of information about cervical cancer, reports CBS.
After this “confession”, a flurry of obituaries appeared in the media, information about the model’s life was updated on the Wikipedia page, and colleagues published mournful posts.
However, within days, the 32-year-old admitted to her 1.3 million followers that her death was a hoax.
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“I have to share something important with you all – I’m here, I’m alive. Cervical cancer didn’t take me, but unfortunately it took the lives of thousands of women because of a lack of knowledge about how to fight this disease.
Unlike some other types of cancer, cervical cancer is completely preventable. The key is the HPV vaccine and early detection tests“, the star reminded.
In the comments, there are a lot of negative reviews about Poonam Pandey’s prank, she was even accused of being unethical and manipulative.
At the same time, according to the World Health Organization, India accounts for almost a quarter of cervical cancer cases in the world. More than 200 women die every day in this country due to the disease.
Health care activists have called on the government to launch a national HPV vaccination campaign for young girls, as the incidence of cervical cancer has dramatically decreased in other countries.
It will be recalled that scientists generally predict a sharp increase in the number of cancer cases in the world by 2050. According to WHO estimates, it will increase by 77%.
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