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Boyzone’s Ronan Keating backs cancer campaign in memory of his mum

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​Popstar gets behind life-saving roadshow as it visits Scotland

Pop star Ronan Keating is backing a cancer awareness roadshow launched to help save Scots’ lives.

Keating, who lost his mum Marie to breast cancer, is urging people to visit a Cancer Research UK mobile health information for a free check up as it travels around the country.

Members of the public can get their risk of cancer assessed by qualified nurses at the 50 Plus Show at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow between 9 and 11 October.

Since launching in 2006, in partnership with the Marie Keating Foundation, the Cancer awareness roadshow has helped more than 400,000 people across the UK.

The Boyzone star said: “I lost my mum Marie to breast cancer in 1998. It was a truly devastating time for me and for my brothers and sister.

As a family we made a promise to do whatever it takes to stop others going through what we did

“It made it even harder to deal with when we learnt that the outcome could have been very different if we’d known about the cancer earlier.

“That’s why as a family we made a promise to do whatever it takes to stop others going through what we did.

“We set up the Marie Keating Foundation with mobile cancer information units travelling around Ireland informing people about spotting cancer early and ways to prevent the disease.

“This was so successful that we teamed up with Cancer Research UK to launch the Cancer awareness roadshow. Through this incredibly important work we’re helping even more communities across the UK to beat cancer sooner.”

The mobile unit offers visitors the chance to talk to a specialist nurse in a private consultation room, take a BMI test to find out if they’re a healthy weight and pick up advice on how to stop smoking.

Sophie Tring, senior campaign manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “We know that after speaking to our roadshow nurses, visitors have then gone on to quit smoking or visit their GP to discuss issues that have been worrying them.

“By taking the roadshow to the areas where we’re needed the most, we hope to continue making a difference to peoples’ lives”.

If you’d like the roadshow to visit your workplace email [email protected]