WASHINGTON – President Biden will announce a plan on Wednesday to reduce cancer mortality by at least 50% over the next 25 years – an ambitious new goal, senior administration officials said. “moonshot” cancer program initiated and chaired by him more than 5 years ago as vice president.
Mr. Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, will also announce a campaign calling for Americans to get screened that have been missed during the coronavirus pandemic, according to unnamed officials Monday night to preview the president’s announcement. . Screening is important to reduce cancer deaths.
The President has a deep personal interest in cancer research; in 2015, his son Beau is dead of glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer. The following year, President Barack Obama Call for Mr. Biden in his State of the Union address to spearhead the moonshot program, with the goal of making “a decade’s worth of advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment” in five years.
At the time, Congress authorized $1.8 billion over seven years; About $400 million of that money remains unallocated, and the National Cancer Institute, which oversees the initiative, says it has spent $1 billion on more than 240 research projects. Senior officials said the White House would not announce any new funding commitments on Tuesday.
Instead, the Bidens will deliver on the widely outlined goals in a grand White House ceremony attended by about 100 people, including Vice President Kamala Harris, patients, carers, members of the public. family members, researchers and members of Congress.
The White House is seeing the event as a new impetus for the president to “reactivate” the luminescence program and “end cancer as we know it.” Specifically, Mr. Biden would aim to cut the age-adjusted mortality rate – a statistic based on the expectation that the elderly are more likely to get sick and die – by more than half within 25 years. next.
Ellen Sigal, founder of Friends of Cancer Research, said: “These are bold goals and I have no doubt there will be mechanisms to achieve them. plan.
Mr. Biden has has been named Danielle Carnival, who worked on the moonshot program during the Obama administration, to help oversee the new version of the effort. Now, senior officials say, the president will establish a “cancer cabinet” to coordinate the work of multiple government agencies.
The White House says more than 9.5 million cancer screenings have been missed in the United States as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr. Biden will call on the National Institutes of Health oncology, an affiliate of the National Institutes of Health, to work with cancer treatment centers to offer screenings across the country, and develop a fast-tracking program. development of tests that can detect many types. of cancer at the same time.
Presidents since Richard M. Nixon have sought to tackle cancer, a complex array of more than 100 diseases. The Cancer Institute estimates that nearly 40% of men and women will be diagnosed with some type of cancer at some point in their lives. The American Cancer Society There will be an estimated 1.9 million new cancer cases in the United States this year, and more than 609,000 cancer deaths.
Most experts no longer talk about “curing” cancer; that language is too simple and the White House doesn’t use it. But officials say significant progress can be made in the fight against cancer through early diagnosis and improved treatments.
There have been great strides in cancer research, treatment, and prevention in the five years since the original moonshot program was announced. Targeted therapies are helping cancer patients live longer. Doctors can now detect cancer through a simple blood draw. More refined colon tubes are preventing more colon cancers.
“The initial moon photograph demonstrated that it was possible to compress a decade’s worth of progress into a few short years,” said Ms. Sigal, adding, “We couldn’t help but make that opportunity a reality. once again.”
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