YORKSHIRE Cancer Research is urging people to consider how they can reduce their risk of cancer following a study which found that overweight and obese people had a greater chance of developing the disease.

The research, published in the Lancet medical journal and funded by the National Institute for Health Research, Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council, discovered that a person's Body Mass Index is related to an increased risk of ten most common cancers, including uterus, cervix, thyroid, kidney, liver and colon.

Yorkshire Cancer Research recently started a healthy living campaign as part of its new strategy to save more lives through prevention, early detection and targeted research on specific problems in Yorkshire, including easier access to clinical trials.

In Yorkshire, 554 people are diagnosed with cancer every week and, according to Public Health England, premature mortality rates from cancer within the county are higher than the national average.

The charity's Life Choices Life Changes campaign aims to encourage people to think about the everyday decisions they make about their diet and achieve their own fitness goals.