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TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) — President Joe Biden pushed his cancer moonshot once again on Monday.
Speaking at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Biden compared Kennedy’s space race to his own efforts to reduce cancer rates by 50 percent over the next 25 years.
“He established a national purpose that unites the American people and a common cause,” Biden said of Kennedy’s space efforts.
“And I believe we can usher in the same reluctance to postpone, the same national goals that will help organize and measure our best energy and skills to end cancer as we know it, or even cure it once and for all,” He added.
Biden said in his speech that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has launched a study that will look at using blood tests to screen for multiple types of cancer.
White House cancer work coordinator Danielle Carnival told Associated Press The Biden administration sees great potential in such blood tests.
“One of the most promising technologies is the development of blood tests that promise to detect multiple cancers in a single blood test and really imagine the impact that might have on our ability to detect cancer early in a more equitable way,” Carnival said.
carnival says National Cancer Institute Research is designed to allow any promising findings to be put into clinical practice quickly, while long-term studies expected to last up to a decade continue.She said the goal is to detect cancer through routine blood tests rather than invasive tests biopsy.
The issue is a personal one for Biden, who lost his son Beau in 2015. brain cancerFollowing Beau’s death, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which invested $1.8 billion in cancer research over seven years and was signed into law in 2016 by President Barack Obama.
Still, the cancer program lacks the same level of funding as the space program. More than $20 billion, equivalent to $220 billion in 2022, was injected into the Apollo space program, Associated Press report.
On Monday, while promoting the cancer initiative, Biden announced that Dr. Renee Wegrzyn would be the first director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), which is tasked with researching potential cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes Treatments and treatments and other diseases.Biden also announced a new NCI program that will fund young scientists to study treatments and cure cancerfocusing on underrepresented groups.
Dr. Crystal Denlinger, chief scientific officer of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, told Associated Press.
But any effort to reduce cancer mortality needs to focus on the biggest cancer killer, lung cancer, Associated Press report. Mainly attributable to smoking, lung cancer now causes more cancer deaths than any other cancer.
Lung cancer screening can help. The American Cancer Society said the screening helped reduce cancer mortality by 32 percent from its peak between 1991 and 2019. Associated Press report.
Visit the National Cancer Institute to learn more about the Cancer Moon Shot.
Source: White House, press release, September 12, 2022; Associated Press