VP Biden in Cleveland talking about Cancer Moonshot

Vice President Joe Biden speaking to health care professionals about the Cancer Moonshot. (Darrielle Snipes/ideastream)

After leading a nation-wide cancer summit earlier this week, Vice President Joe Biden visited Cleveland to talk about new collaborations and ways to fight the deadly disease.

At the Langston Hughes Community Health and Education Center on Cleveland’s east side, Vice President Biden spoke to health care professionals about working together to prevent, detect and treat cancer. The Cancer moonshot aims to create partnerships between health officials, patients, federal agencies, the private sector and community based organizations to share data for the purpose of early screenings and creating treatment breakthroughs in the next five years.

Biden says this task force is creating a new sense of urgency to reduce the number of people diagnosed with cancer and increase the number of survivors.

“By aggregating and sharing data from millions of patients including their genomic sequences, biopsies, their lifestyles, and their reaction to the medicine,” said the Vice President.   “We now have the capacity to take a look at patterns of causes and patterns that generate success.”  

Biden lost his son Beau to a rare form of brain cancer last year.

He says this will be his mission long after he leaves office. 

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