White House Announces New Investments in "Cancer Moonshot" Initiative

On Sept. 13, the White House announced new actions as part of President Biden’s “Cancer Moonshot” initiative that aims to reduce the cancer death rate in the U.S. by half by 2047. The administration’s proposal provides $240 million to be invested in research projects to prevent, detect, treat and survive cancer. A major aspect of the program includes a plan to help Americans quit smoking as tobacco consumption "remains the biggest single driver of cancer deaths in the country," the White House said. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning to introduce a government blueprint before the end of the year to accelerate anti-tobacco efforts.