Justin Madders MP attended a Cancer Research UK event in Westminster to learn more about how lifestyle changes can reduce people’s risk of getting cancer.
The MP met with campaigners and nurses from the charity’s Cancer Awareness Roadshow, to find out more about their work on cancer prevention.
It’s estimated that more than four in ten cancer cases in the UK could be prevented each year, with smoking and obesity being the biggest avoidable causes of the disease. But while the dangers of smoking are well known, many are unaware of the link between obesity and cancer.
This is particularly concerning when research has shown that as many as 61% of people in the North West are currently overweight or obese.
Justin Madders MP said:
“We’ve come such a long way in the fight against cancer, it’s shocking to hear that so many cases in Ellesmere Port & Neston and across the country, could be prevented. The numbers make it clear we need to act now to help people to make positive lifestyle changes, such as becoming more active and maintaining a healthy weight. While there are no guarantees against the disease, I want to do everything I can to help my constituents, and their families stack the odds in their favour and lead long and healthy lives.”
The Westminster event coincided with the launch of Cancer Research UK’s new ‘Junk Free TV’ campaign, which aims to help address children’s obesity.
It calls for the removal of junk food adverts on TV before the 9pm watershed, to help reduce the impact of this negative influence over children’s food choices.
Alison Cox, Director of Cancer Prevention at Cancer Research UK, said: “It’s great to have Justin’s support with raising awareness of how people can reduce their risk of cancer.”