Another Asia growth story: cancer

Changing lifestyles and smoking are likely to kill 1 billion people this century, most of them in Asia, but a new scientific initiative aims to find cures.

Asia’s remarkable growth story over the past few decades has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and transformed lives, opportunity sets and economic and political fortunes. But among its downsides is a growing cancer epidemic.

Just as Asia’s economic success is reordering global power and influence, it is also turning Asia into the battleground against disease and the region’s healthcare infrastructure is in no shape for the fight.

In 2013 about 13 million people were diagnosed with some form of cancer, most of them in North America and Europe. By 2030, the annual load of new cases is expected to hit 30 million, and...

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