Nearly a half-century after the US government declared war on cancer, President Barack Obama fired a new salvo during his last State of the Union address. He announced the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative to accelerate cancer research with the ambitious goal of discovering a cure by 2020. At the initiative’s helm is Vice President Joe Biden, for whom the battle became personal last year after losing his son, Beau, to brain cancer.
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