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Moonshot Cure for Cancer

by kelly / February, 10 2016 01:30

It's sad but I'm sure many of us have been touched by cancer in our lives. We probably all know of someone who has had it, is fighting it right now or has passed away from it. Our co-founder, Will's grandfather had skin cancer and my mother is currently battling lung cancer. Cancer is personal to me.

So that's why I am pumped about President Obama's new task force on cancer that is led by Vice President Biden. According to the President and Vice President it's about finding a "moonshot to cure cancer".

Cancer is also personal to the Vice President as his son recently passed from brain cancer. It's not just affecting the Vice President's life, the statistics on cancer are sobering - cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide and skin cancer is the most common form of cancer.

According to the Vice President the numbers on cancer will only increase in the coming decades unless more progress is made. Thus the "moonshot to cure cancer" is a government wide push to cure cancer likened to America's efforts in the 1960s to put a man on the moon.

Today cancer research is "trapped in silos" which prevents fast progress and patient access. For example, only 5% of patients end up in clinical trials. Clinical trials are where people get access to cutting-edge advancements in disease treatment.

As a result, the Vice President's two-fold strategy with this new task force is to:

"1.) Increase resources — both private and public — to fight cancer. 2.) Break down silos and bring all the cancer fighters together — to work together, share information, and end cancer as we know it."

Ultimately, his goal is to boldly:

"...double the rate of progress. To make a decade worth of advances in five years."

You can read Vice President Biden's entire address on his goals and plans here.

We talk a lot about preventative measures in regards to sun protection when it comes to skin cancer which are vital but wouldn't it be amazing if there was also a cure? America did put a man on the moon and I have faith we can one day end cancer.

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