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MORE people are being urged to learn vital first aid skills in Portsmouth to help save lives.

According to research by One Poll, 46 per cent of the 4,000 people questioned in the city said they made changes to their diet to improve their chances of fighting cancer.

It found that 53 per cent had quit smoking and 38 per cent increased the amount of exercise they do.

But only 17 per cent knew basic first aid.

St John Ambulance has today launched a campaign to get more people trained up to save lives.

Regional director Mark Farmer said: ‘Cancer is a serious disease, which kills thousands of people each year

‘When a loved one has cancer, we do all we can to support them, but people are consumed by a feeling of helplessness.

‘In situations where first aid could help save a life we don’t have to feel helpless.’

The organisation has created a new text service so people can access life-saving tips on their phone.

Text the word ‘help’ to 80039 for a free guide.