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COVID exposes Philippines and India to higher cancer risks: index

Australia, South Korea and Malaysia are most prepared for the disease

With changing lifestyles, Asians are expected to suffer more from cancer in the future. (Nikkei Montage/Getty Images and Reuters)

TOKYO -- As Asians become wealthier, lead more sedentary lives and adopt unhealthier habits, there are predictions that cancer cases will keep rising. How well are the region's medical facilities equipped to face and treat such a cancer tide?

Australia, South Korea and Malaysia are most prepared to meet the burden of more cancer cases, according to a newly released index developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Most other countries, including the Philippines and Vietnam, are ill-prepared to face such a challenge.

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