People in north Shropshire are being urged to show their support for World Cancer Day by Cancer Research UK.

They are asking for men, women and children to wear the charity’s brightly coloured unity bands with pride on Tuesday, February 4.

Cancer Research UK spokesman for Shropshire, Paula Young, believes the day next is a good way for younger people to learn more.

“World Cancer Day is a great opportunity for people to unite and show solidarity with everyone whose life has been touched by the disease," she said.

“Our research has played a role in developing eight of the world’s top 10 cancer drugs and we’re working every day to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease.

"But we can’t do it alone.

“That’s why we hope people across Shropshire will wear a Unity Band with pride, knowing they are helping to beat cancer. Small actions really can make a big difference.”

Marked on February 4, World Cancer Day is an international movement, uniting people across the globe to help beat cancer.

The unity bands are available from the Cancer Research UK shops across the county and by making a donation for a unity band, people can also help to fund life-saving research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

In the UK, one in two people will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime.

Survival has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.