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Biden Reintroduces the Cancer’moonshot’ Initiative in an Effort to Help Reduce Mortality Rates

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President Joe Biden unveiled the federal government’s cancer “moonshot” effort on Wednesday, with the goal of halving cancer deaths over the next quarter-century.

“We can put an end to cancer as we know it,” Biden stated at a White House gathering.

The campaign is personal for Biden, who lost his son Beau to brain cancer in 2015 and inaugurated it as vice president for the first time.

“When I was vice president, I committed to this struggle,” Biden remarked on Wednesday.
“It’s one of the reasons I ran for president, to be honest.
There is no doubt that now that I am president, this is a presidential and White House priority.
Period.”

Following the Obama presidency, Biden and his wife, now First Lady Jill Biden, established a nonprofit foundation dedicated to finding a cure for cancer.

Congress granted $1.8 billion in financing for the government’s moonshot effort over a seven-year period in 2016.
For the next two fiscal years, there is $410 million available.


The initiative will aim to “improve the experience of people and their families living with and surviving cancer,” according to the White House, in addition to reducing today’s age-adjusted cancer death rate by at least 50% over the next 25 years, after it has fallen by about 25% over the previous 20 years.

“It’s audacious,” Biden stated.
“It’s a big undertaking.
But that is entirely feasible.
We’ll add a passionate sense of urgency to the fight against cancer, just as we used our size to develop cutting-edge COVID-19 vaccines and therapies.”

Biden stated on Wednesday that he was “announcing a call to action for cancer screening and early detection.”

The COVID-19 epidemic caused more than 9.5 million cancer screenings to be skipped in the United States, according to the White House.

“We need to get cancer screenings back on track,” stated Biden.
“And make certain that they are available to all Americans.”
However, the pandemic has prompted Biden to set “extremely ambitious targets,” according to a senior Biden administration official.

“The scientific developments that we witnessed from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the response to it, indicate to things that are feasible now,” the official said.

According to the White House, one example is that the renewed effort will “research and assess multi-cancer detection assays, as we did for COVID-19.”

The White House will appoint a coordinator for the cancer “moonshot” project, and the White House will assemble a “cancer cabinet” of officials from across the federal government.
The effort will include participation from the commercial sector, foundations, academic institutions, and others.

 

 

 

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