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Dr Chris Jackson, medical director of the Cancer Society discusses in this article his thoughts on what Kiwis should be doing to decrease their chance of being one of the 9,615 people who died of cancer in one year. Jackson is a consultant medical oncologist at Dunedin Hospital, where he specialises in gastro-intestinal, melanoma and urological cancers. He also has a leadership role in Cancer Trials New Zealand and co-founded the Mercy Cancer Care Unit, providing specialist oncology services to the lower South Island.

Click here to read more, but here's Dr Chris Jackson's prescription in a nutshell:

"The 15 per cent of people who smoke need to join the 85 per cent of people who don't. We all need to make sure we are SunSmart, and not just on a sunny day at the beach. We need to moderate how much alcohol we drink, eats lots of fruit and veg and make sure we get at least three hours of exercise every week."

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