President Joe Biden announced he is relaunching a “moonshot” initiative to drastically reduce the number of deaths due to cancer. The program, which was launched in 2015 when Biden was vice president, aims to reduce the death rate from cancer by at least 50% and “improve the experience of people and their families living with and surviving cancer.”
“We can end cancer as we know it,” President Biden said. “Let there be no doubt, this is a presidential White House priority, period.”
President Biden is creating a “cancer Cabinet” that will include 18 different agencies across the government, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the Food and Drug Administration.
One of the goals of the program will be to boost the number of cancer screenings across the country. During the coronavirus pandemic, the number of cancer screenings plummeted, with nearly 10 million missed screenings, researchers said in a study published last year.
To help make cancer screenings easier and more accessible, the administration plans to utilize the “community health networks we have built and strengthened during the COVID-19 pandemic” to “ensure equitable access to screening and prevention.”
Biden urged Americans to get screened for cancer and cited his recent trip to the doctor to get screened for colon cancer.
“Last November, I got a colon cancer screening. I’m glad I did, trust me. I know cancer is scary. Going to the doctor can be scary. But screening is how you catch it early before it’s too late.”