A group of students at the University of Salford courted controversy recently with raunchy Facebook profile pictures, later deemed a stunt to raise awareness of breast cancer. Experts believe there may be as many as four people still unaware of the disease.
"It started out as a dare. I said Sarah's picture was a bit risqué and she said I was a prude, so I put up a slightly more revealing one. After that a few of our other friends joined in, and we were all trying to out-do each other with more daring photos of ourselves," one of the girls told journalists. "We just care so much about breast cancer."
The stunt was abandoned after two days when Tom Jones, father of one of the students, logged into Facebook and saw her photograph. When confronted, she explained that it was done to combat the disease. He did not believe her and threatened to exclude her from an upcoming family holiday, but was forced to back down after his wife pointed out the irrelevant fact that breast cancer affects 1 in 9 women including Jones' sister-in-law Rebecca. The students are now planning to have done a similar campaign in aid of heart disease next time they get into trouble.
"I think it's amazing what these young people have done to raise awareness of this devastating disease," said local MP Emma Phillips because you have to.