“Moonshot” cancer mission off base

In his final State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barak Obama announced a new national effort to cure cancer “once and for all”. The president appointed Vice President Joe Biden to lead the so-called “moonshot” mission.

Prevent Cancer Now often highlights the great work of the US President’s Cancer Panel report on the environment and cancer prevention [see: http://tinyurl.com/Moonsh0t1].

What happened in the White House? Collective amnesia? [see: http://tinyurl.com/Moonsh0t2]

Biden consulted researchers from prominent cancer treatment centres. They want expensive tests and treatments, but didn’t mention prevention [see: http://tinyurl.com/Moonsh0t3]

Prevention, the best and cheapest “cure,” is Missing in Action. We can stop the majority of cancers before they start, so let’s get going!

Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times