Foyle MP Mark Durkan has urged people to lose weight to help save people’s lives by preventing cancer.
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.
Mr Durkan, who is vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer at Westminster, said: “Whilst we have come such a long way in the fight against cancer, it is still evident that so many cases in Derry and across the North 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.”