President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative
On the 60th anniversary of President Kennedy’s “We Choose to Go to the Moon” speech, President Biden gave an update on his Cancer Moonshot Initiative, which he re-launched in February of this year. He originally created the Cancer Moonshot in 2016 as Vice President.
President Biden spoke of recent progress in cancer therapeutics, diagnostics, and patient-driven care, as well as the scientific advances and public health lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic, as reasons to bring back the effort. With the renewed effort, the administration has set an ambitious goal of reducing the death rate from cancer by at least 50% over the next 25 years. To help accomplish this goal, President Biden mentioned support for the 21st Century Cures Act and “a simple blood test during an annual physical that could detect cancer early, where the chances of a cure are best.”
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