Ex-Boyzone star Ronan Keating backs awareness roadshow

Pop star Ronan Keating is backing the Cancer Research UK Cancer Awareness Roadshow which is visiting Hartlepool.
Pop star Ronan Keating is backing the Cancer Research UK Cancer Awareness Roadshow which is visiting Hartlepool.

A pop star is backing a charity roadshow which is visiting Hartlepool next week.

Former Boyzone star Ronan Keating, who lost his mum Marie to breast cancer, is urging people to visit the Cancer Awareness Roadshow to find out about early diagnosis and the importance of going to the doctor with any health concerns.

Staffed by specially trained Cancer Research UK nurses, the mobile unit will be in Villiers Street from Monday to Thursday between 10am and 4pm each day.

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.

People can have a confidential conversation with a nurse who can offer support to help make positive changes to their lifestyle and encourage them to go to their GP with any health concerns.

Visitors can also find out their BMI (body mass index) to check if their weight is in a healthy range.

Ronan said: “This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Cancer Awareness Roadshow in the UK.

“I am so proud of the crucial part we have played in this, and we have seen our partnership grow from strength to strength.

“I want to say a big thank you to everyone in Ireland and the UK who’s supported us in making this possible, and I know that my mother would be proud of what we have achieved.”

Lesley Green, senior cancer awareness nurse for Cancer Research UK in the North East said: “The roadshow allows us to get important information out to people as they go about their busy lives – we are literally on the road to beating cancer.”

“We are looking forward to talking to lots of different people across Hartlepool about the small steps we can all take to reduce the risk of cancer and why it’s important to seek help if they notice an unusual or persistent change to their body.”

Every year, around 331,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK – including 43 a day in the North East.

But experts estimate that over four out of every 10 cases of cancer could be prevented in the UK, largely through healthier lifestyles.

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 East Roadshow team on Twitter @CRUKroadshow_NE #YourHealthMatters