Cancer continues to be a significant health challenge in the Asia-Pacific region and its incidence rate is predicted to increase by 35% by 2030. As such, it is important to measure a country’s strategy and preparedness to decrease the prevalence of cancer and care for patients and their families. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s report, Cancer preparedness in the Asia-Pacific: Progress towards universal cancer control, ranked 10 countries on their cancer-related policy and planning, care delivery and health systems and governance. Australia and Korea placed in the top three for each category and it was noted that both countries’ cancer research and screening procedures are examples of best practice.
The report emphasises that closing the gap in cancer care within the region is crucial. Therefore, there is an opportunity for Australia and Korea to collaborate in the health space and share lessons learnt with our neighbours to increase the region’s overall cancer preparedness.
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