President Joe Biden announced new steps to expand on his administration’s "Cancer Moonshot" initiative to prevent deaths from cancer by trying to speed the discovery of new treatments and improve prevention, detection and treatment to those suffering from the disease, reports NBC News.
"Cancer doesn’t discriminate between red or blue, it doesn’t care if you’re a Republican or a Democrat," Biden said in a speech Monday afternoon at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. "Beating cancer is something we can do together and that’s why I’m here today."
"President Kennedy set a goal to win the space race against Russia and advance science and technology for all humanity," Biden said, according to ABC News. "And when he said that goal, he established a national purpose that could rally the American people and the common cause, and he succeeded. Now in our time, on the 60th anniversary of his clarion call, we face another inflection point."
According to the National Cancer Institute, since the initial launch of the Cancer Moonshot in 2016, the cancer community has made measurable progress toward three ambitious goals: to accelerate scientific discovery in cancer, foster greater collaboration, and improve the sharing of cancer data.
Early in 2022, President Biden announced a reignition of the Cancer Moonshot, highlighting new goals: to reduce the cancer death rate by half within 25 years and improve the lives of people with cancer and cancer survivors.
By focusing on areas of cancer research that are most likely to benefit the American people as a result of new investment, the Cancer Moonshot has brought together a large community of patients, advocates, researchers and clinicians who are dedicated to advancing research to end cancer as we know it.
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