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Make a pledge to help beat cancer, says singer Ronan Keating

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Ronan Keating’s cancer pledge

SINGER Ronan Keating is urging residents in Warrington to visit the Cancer Research UK Cancer Awareness Roadshow and make a pledge to help stack their odds against cancer.
Visitors to the roadshow can make a pledge setting out their plans for a healthier lifestyle – such as stopping smoking or starting to walk to work – as well as get information from nurses about how to make positive health changes.
The roadshow will be at the Warrington Disability Awareness Day between 10am and 5pm tomorrow (Sunday).
The Cancer Awareness Roadshow was founded in 2006 in partnership with the Marie Keating Foundation, which was set up by Ronan Keating and his family in memory of their mum Marie who died from breast cancer.
Nurses on the roadshow also provide information on how to spot cancer early, as it is much more likely to be treated successfully if picked up at an early stage.
To launch this year’s roadshow Ronan has filled out his own pledge card vowing to “go for a run at least twice a week”.
He said: “Healthy living is a great way to stack the odds against cancer. Things like not smoking and keeping a healthy weight can make a big difference. I think it’s a really important message for people to think about.
“This year we’ll be inviting visitors to our roadshow to pledge to make a change towards a healthier lifestyle – it’s all about informing and empowering people to make positive changes for their health.
“I think my mum would be incredibly proud of the work my family and I have done providing face-to-face information right in the heart of communities and I’d really encourage people in Warrington to visit the roadshow.”
Every year, around 357,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK – including 110 a day in the North West.
According to Cancer Research UK, more than four in 10 cases of cancer could be prevented, largely through lifestyle changes.
Not smoking is the best thing people can do to reduce the risk of cancer.  After smoking, obesity is the single biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK, and is linked to 13 different types of cancer including bowel, breast (after the menopause), and pancreatic.
Nurses on the roadshow will offer information about making small lifestyle changes that could make a big difference.
There’s also the chance to have a conversation with a nurse in the roadshow’s on-board private room and the Cancer Research UK team can put people in touch with other health services in their area such as stop smoking services, which are the most effective way to stop smoking..
To find out more about the Cancer Awareness Roadshow or how to reduce the risk of cancer and detect it early, visit www.cancerawarenessroadshow.org.uk or
follow the North West Roadshow team on Twitter @CRUKroadshow_NW

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