Cancer is the most feared illness for New Zealanders according to a survey undertaken by the Southern Cross Health Society.
Nearly 1,500 adults took part in the survey, which looked at individual's most feared illnesses and steps they were taking to keep themselves healthy.
Brain injury was found to be the second most-feared illness, followed by stroke, heart attack and sight impairment.
Those surveyed aged 65 and above, however, stated that the condition they most feared was stroke.
Individuals were using methods such as blood pressure check-ups, cholesterol checks, prostate cancer screening in men and breast and cervical screening in women to keep an eye on their health.