Cancer screenings delayed by the pandemic must resume, Biden says

The president issued a call to action on early detection efforts during the announcement of the relaunch of his Cancer Moonshot.

On Wednesday, Feb. 2, President Joe Biden announced the reignition of his “Cancer Moonshot” program, originally launched during his time as vice president for the Obama administration. The goal of the program is to reduce the U.S. death rate from cancer by at least 50% over the next 25 years.

As part of the announcement, Biden issued a call to action on resuming and increasing the number of cancer screenings, especially with millions missed during the pandemic.

Many cancers are most treatable when you catch them early, say experts at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. UCLA has been a leader in bringing game-changing treatments to market for liver, breast, prostate and lung cancer, among others.

JCCC is one of 51 leading cancer centers in the U.S. that are designated as comprehensive by the National Cancer Institute.

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