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Face to face with chronic disease
Maria's story: fighting cancer
Maria Saloniki
WHO/Chris de Bode

"It all started with a swollen armpit and a bad fever," the 60-year-old recalls. "The traditional healer prescribed herb ointments and doctors initially prescribed antibiotics. Some even told me that nothing could be done to help ease the pain".

It wasn't until later, in Dar es Salaam, that a biopsy revealed her disease.

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