Death from degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart conditions became increasingly common as people lived longer. Linda Currin, shown here at the 2010 launch of The Sooner the Better campaign, survived stomach and lung cancer. The campaign aimed to encourage early checking of persistent coughs, chest pain and recurrent chest infection (all early symptoms of lung cancer). Surviving cancer made Currin a rarity – the survival rate among Māori in the Auckland and Northland areas was only 10% because of late detection of disease.
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Photograph by Brett Phibbs
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