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Diana Sarfati has possibly the toughest job in New Zealand. Back in September, the former public health physician and cancer epidemiologist was appointed by the Government to establish a national cancer agency to work with DHBs to ensure they meet national standards, soon to be introduced – in a bid to save hundreds of lives each year. The Herald speaks exclusively to Sarfati about the hard climb ahead.

Within 10 years Kiwis battling cancer will have the same chance of beating the deadly disease as those who live in Australia – something that would save about 800 lives every year.

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