Us relaunches cancer moonshot: 50% reduction in cancer deaths in 25 years

2022-05-25 0 By

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday relaunched the Cancer Moonshot initiative he led during the Obama administration, US media reported.He also announced a package to support cancer prevention, screening and research, with the goal of reducing cancer deaths by 50 percent over the next 25 years.Biden detailed the initiative at a White House meeting attended by about 100 cancer researchers, advocates and patients, as well as some members of Congress.It represents a relaunch by Biden and his wife, Jill, after their 46-year-old son, Beau, died of brain cancer in 2015.Biden was vice president at the time.Both the First lady and Vice President Harris made emotional statements.Harris’s mother was a cancer researcher who died of cancer.”The cancer moonshot will be a priority for the White House,” Biden said.But at the meeting, Biden did not mention money for the plan.”The goal is clear and important, but it’s not clear how we’re going to get there,” said one cancer advocate, who asked not to be named.He said he spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid angering the White House, but asked: “Where is all that money coming from?”Congress provided $1.8 billion in funding for the cancer moonshot in 2016, spread over seven years.With two years remaining, the total is about $400 million.Cancer advocates worry that without significant funding, cancer research, including the work of the National Cancer Institute, could be hampered.Margaret Foti, chief executive of the American Association for Cancer Research, praised the new cancer initiative, saying increased prevention and early screening efforts could significantly reduce deaths.But the cost of developing such improvements is high, she added: “We need to make sure there is money to develop new technologies and apply them.”