US President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address recently said his administration would need about $1 billion to tackle cancer once and for all under the “National Cancer Moonshot” program initiated by the White House – but analysts are starting to find the use of the word “moonshot” a little insufficient for its purpose - Washington Post reports.
“I’m putting Joe (Vice President Joe Biden) in charge of Mission Control,” Obama had said. “For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the families that we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all.”
The word “moonshot” actually means the launching of a spacecraft to the moon – and the president must have used the word to indicate that if man could land on the moon against all odds, then winning the war over cancer is a possibility if man would just work at it.
When President Richard Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971, he had said in his State of the Union speech that “The time has come in America when the same kind of concentrated effort that split the atom and took man to the moon should be turned toward conquering this dread disease.”
Funny enough, George W. Bush while campaigning for the presidency in 2000 also spoke about “medical moonshot” in the fight against cancer. The word has been used in movies and in any national efforts at curing cancer, meaning that it is becoming the keyword applied in the fight against cancer.
President Nixon started the National Cancer Institute with about $100 million, making Obama’s critics to say his request for one billion dollars is simply impractical; but the critics seem to forget that sending men to the moon and to Mars as well as other asteroids in space seems to be a lot easier and achievable than curing cancers for ever in this modern day.
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In fact, the truth is that cancer is not one disease but a combination of several diseases with a common purpose to destroy and to kill, informing the initiatives of medical specialists to approach can with multiple treatments which may include vaccines, combined drug therapies, immunotherapy, and radiation among others.