GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage has backed a campaign to reduce people’s risk of getting cancer.
Ms Dinenage attended a Cancer Research UK event in Westminster and met nurses and campaigners who are part of the charity’s Cancer Awareness Roadshow.
Figures show that more than four in 10 diagnosed cases could be prevented by living a healthier lifestyle.
Some 570 people in the Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group area die from the disease every year.
Smoking and obesity are the biggest stoppable causes of cancer. Although the dangers of smoking are widely advertised, there is little promoted about the link between obesity and the disease.
Ms Dinenage said: ‘We’ve come such a long way in the fight against cancer, it’s shocking to hear that so many cases in Gosport, and across the country, could be prevented.
‘There are around 570 deaths from cancer per year in the Fareham and Gosport CCG area and the numbers make it clear we need to act now to help people to make 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 to lead long and healthy lives.’
Cancer Research UK is campaigning to reduce television junk food advertising to address child obesity,