President Joe Biden on Wednesday set forth the goal to reduce cancer deaths in the US by 50% in the next 25 years. The president’s goal will help expedite the “Moonshot” initiative set by the US government in 2016 when Biden was vice president.
“This can become an American moment for us to prove to the entire world that we can really do big things,” the president said to the gathering of lawmakers, administration officials, researchers, and others at the White House.
President Biden had lost his son Beau to brain cancer in 2015. “The death of our son stolen our joy and left us broken in our grief. But through that pain, we found our purpose, strengthening our fortitude to fight against cancer to end it as we know it,” said First lady Jill Biden.
Vice President Kamala Harris also spoke at the event about her mother’s work as a breast cancer researcher, which helped save many women’s lives.
The American Cancer Society predicted that there would be 1,918,030 new cancer cases and 609,360 cancer deaths this year.