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If there is a tremendous increase in the allocation for health care to treat the cancer patients then it can have an adverse effect in the growing economies of China and India. These countries spent only a fraction of what is spent on health care as compared to the developed economies.

The cancer related deaths in the Asian region is around 7 million. “Historically in developing countries, people died before they could get cancer, Now they are living longer, we're seeing more cancer and degenerative diseases of the brain”, according toYou-Lin Qiao, a professor of cancer epidemiology at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing.

Most of the people living in impoverished condition do not have access to health insurance. Leave alone insurance they do not even have proper access to doctors and nurses to treat the disease. There is an acute shortage of proper trained doctors and nurses in the region.

Instead of looking into sophisticated drugs and technologies to treat the disease, it would be better to look into other avenues to prevent such diseases. Anti tobacco campaigns, methods to decrease obesity among the population, campaigns to increase exercise and eat more healthy food like fruits and vegetables. “These seem simple things, but they would eradicate a vast proportion of the potential cancer burden,” according to Horton.

Franco Cavalli, president of the Geneva-based International Union against Cancer is of the opinion that 'if nothing happens, there will be a disaster. For the time being, governments don't realize, or do not want to realize, that this is a bomb which is going to explode.'
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