LOCALS are being urged to stay healthy to help prevent cancer.
This week is Cancer Prevention Week, which is a national initiative aimed at making people more aware of the practical steps they can take to avoid risking the illness.
Eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can have an effect on preventing up to a third of cancers.
Paul Johnstone, who is the regional director for public health at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “There are lots of good reasons to stay healthy, preventing cancer is just one of them.
“You should aim to eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day.
“Leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach and cabbage, are thought to provide the most protection against cancer.
“Fruit and vegetables contain special chemicals known as antioxidants, which are thought to help protect cells from being damaged.”
Research has suggested that being overweight can put a person at significant risk of developing certain types of cancer.
Scientific evidence shows that the rates of cancer are a lot lower in people who take regular exercise.
For most people, 30 minutes of vigorous exercise a day at least five times a week, is recommended.