Biden revives ‘Cancer Moonshot’ plan with goal to lower death rate
February 2, 2022; 9:23 AM EST (Updated 4:21 PM EST)
After the initiative launched in 2016, researchers said it would take a major shift in the way cancer research is done in the United States to meet the goals of the program.
“A lot has changed that makes it possible to set really ambitious goals right now,” a senior administration official said.
The official said a “decade’s worth of research advances” occurred in the past five years. He cited examples of scientific advances such as preventative annual blood tests that screen for cancer.
Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris also attended the event. Harris’s mother, Shyamala Gopalan, died of colon cancer in 2009.
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