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

The White House, February 2, 2022

President Biden delivered remarks at an event focused on reigniting the Cancer Moonshot initiative, emphasizing the urgent need to tackle cancer and the commitment of his administration to make it a top priority. He recounted personal experiences with cancer, highlighting the dedication of healthcare professionals and the impact of the disease on families. Biden expressed determination to reduce the cancer death rate by 50% over the next 25 years and transform cancer from a death sentence into a manageable chronic condition. The goal is to enhance patient experiences, address disparities, and end cancer as it is currently known.

The President outlined key actions to advance the Cancer Moonshot, including the formation of a new Cancer Cabinet made up of Cabinet members who will drive a comprehensive government effort to combat cancer. Biden called on Congress to fund the proposed Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), inspired by the successful DARPA model, to accelerate breakthroughs in biomedicine. He also urged the scientific community to contribute innovative solutions and the private sector to develop affordable treatments and share data to benefit research efforts.

Moreover, the President emphasized the importance of cancer screenings and early detection, urging Americans to prioritize these essential healthcare measures. He encouraged healthcare providers, non-profits, and businesses to collaborate in offering accessible screening options, including mobile units and pop-up clinics. Biden shared his personal experience with a colon cancer screening, emphasizing the significance of early detection in improving outcomes. He reiterated the overarching mission to unify the nation in the fight against cancer and pledged to leverage government resources and authorities to support breakthroughs in cancer research and care. Biden concluded by calling on all stakeholders to work together tirelessly to transform cancer outcomes and instill hope for patients and families nationwide.

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