A CANCER awareness roadshow is heading to a North-East city to show people how to stack their odds against the disease.

Specialist cancer nurses will be in Durham as part of the Cancer Research UK’s awareness roadshow.

Nurses will be on hand to give out information about how to spot cancer early and what lifestyle changes can be made to help prevent the disease, as well as carry out tests for carbon monoxide breath levels and to see if people are a healthy weight.

Nurse Debra Wright said: “The roadshow is a chance for us to talk to people about steps they can take to help reduce their risk of cancer through changes like stopping smoking, reducing alcohol intake or being more active. As well as leaflets we have lots of props so visitors can handle a tar jar to see the effect of smoking 10 cigarettes a day for a year or hold specially created ‘fat lumps’ to show just how much difference losing 1lb or 5lbs makes.

“We can also carry out Smokerlyzer tests to show how much carbon monoxide is in someone’s breath - and body mass index (BMI) tests to show someone if they are in a healthy weight range.”

The roadshow will be in Millennium Place, between 10am and 4pm from Tuesday, June 19 to Thursday, June 21.