Ronan Keating is urging people in Greater Manchester to visit the Cancer Research UK Cancer Awareness Roadshow and make a pledge to help stack their odds against cancer.
The roadshow, which has just begun its 2017 season, tours towns in Greater Manchester and across the North West between April and November and will be in Albion Street, Oldham, between 10am and 4pm on Tuesday 25 April and Wednesday 26 April.
Visitors can make a pledge on the roadshow’s special pledge wall 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.
To launch this year’s roadshow singer Ronan has filled out his own pledge card vowing to ‘go for a run at least twice a week.’
Ronan 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 Oldham to visit the roadshow.”
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.
According to Cancer Research UK, more than four in 10 cases of cancer could be prevented, largely through lifestyle changes, so the Cancer Awareness Roadshow is out there spreading the word and informing people about the ways they can stack the odds in their favour against cancer.
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 thirteen 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.
Last year the North West Cancer Awareness Roadshow team met around 13,500 people and took 724 waist measurements, did 593 Smokerlyzer tests and carried out 767 BMI (body mass index) assessments.
As well as getting measured, this year’s visitors can hold “fat lumps” (a prop designed to show what 1lb or 5lbs of fat looks like), or view the tar jar showing the effect of smoking 10 cigarettes-a-day for a year.
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..
Jessica Turner, Senior Cancer Awareness Nurse for Cancer Research UK in the North West, said: “We are hoping to talk to men and women, young and old about the small steps we can all take to reduce the risk of cancer and about why it’s important to tell their doctor if they notice any unusual or persistent changes to their body. Most people we speak to go away intending to make small changes to their lifestyle which can play an important role in reducing the risk of cancer. We are hoping the new pledge wall will be an extra incentive for people in Greater Manchester to stick to that change as well as read about some of the other good habits others from their area are planning to switch to. It might be pledging to get off the bus two stops earlier and walk part way to work, to go for a jog in your lunch break or to stop smoking! Whatever it is we are here to help!”
The roadshow will be visiting Oldham, Piccadilly Gardens, Wythenshawe, Tameside, Salford and Wigan during 2017.
For more information about visits or to find out more about the Cancer Awareness Roadshow and how to reduce the risk of cancer and detect it early, see: www.cancerawarenessroadshow.org.uk or follow the North West Roadshow team on Twitter @CRUKroadshow_NW.