Every day, cancer patients are being failed by our health system as signs of the deadly disease are ignored or misdiagnosed. As a result, lives are being lost. In a five-day series, health reporter Emma Russell tells the stories of some of the people who have been let down, and looks at what needs to change.

Surviving cancer in New Zealand can be a lottery.

A father has a better chance of beating the deadly disease in Christchurch than if he lived in Wanaka due to the limited resource available in small towns.

A teen is more likely to

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A 'postcode' lottery

Mike's story: Location makes a difference

Disparities in ethnicity

Survival by age

Cost barriers