Fact Sheet: President Biden Reignites Cancer Moonshot to End Cancer as We Know It

The White House, February 2, 2022

President Joe Biden has reinvigorated the Cancer Moonshot initiative, initially launched during his time as Vice President in 2016, with a renewed focus on accelerating progress against cancer. The administration aims to reduce the death rate from cancer by at least 50% over the next 25 years while enhancing the experience of individuals living with and surviving cancer. This effort builds upon recent advancements in cancer therapeutics, diagnostics, and patient care, coupled with lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, to set ambitious goals for combating cancer.

The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to addressing cancer disparities, improving access to cancer screenings that were postponed due to the pandemic, and advancing cancer research and treatments. The administration emphasizes the importance of early detection, prevention strategies, and equitable access to cutting-edge cancer diagnostics and therapies across all communities. By leveraging public-private partnerships and bipartisan support, significant progress has been made in cancer research and treatment, with a focus on personalized medicine, targeted therapies, and innovative approaches such as immunotherapies and cancer vaccines.

To achieve the newly set national goals for the Cancer Moonshot, President Biden’s administration seeks to mobilize the entire government through White House leadership and the formation of a Cancer Cabinet comprising various departments and agencies. A strong emphasis is placed on promoting cancer screening and early detection to reduce missed screenings during the pandemic and improve access to preventive measures. By fostering collaboration among stakeholders, including government entities, private sector partners, healthcare providers, and the research community, the administration aims to drive forward initiatives that will significantly impact cancer outcomes and patient experiences in the years to come.

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