President, Barack Obama, assigned the mission to cure cancer to Jon Biden when he was addressing final State of the Union address to the Congress. Biden’s new mission received an amazing head start when the federal funding announced a fund of $5.21 billion into the kitty of the National Cancer Institute for the fiscal year 2016.
According to the American Cancer Society, it is the greatest funding since 2003. The senior policy director at the American Association for Cancer Research, Jon Retzlaff, expressed his excitement on the funding and said that now they will need to sustain it. He said that the increased funding would make it possible for them to fund various health programs, which was not possible earlier because of budget limitations and higher cost of health services.
In his address, the American President said that many lost their loved ones, but efforts should be made to save the family that is still alive and make the U.S. a country where cancer is cured finally. However, medical experts are not in agreement, with the fact that cancer can be cured for always.
Is one fix for all types of cancer possible?
According to the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, Dr. Otis Brawley, it is more rhetoric than realistic, with ‘cure’ being only a four-lettered word.
With more than 200 types of cancer killing lives of people around the world, finding one particular cure for all is simply not possible. Brawley said that even 50, 100 or 1,000 years from hence, people will continue to die of cancer, however, he hopes that until then humanity will have developed better ways to fight it. According to cancer researcher, the fight holds a lot of promise.
The death rates due to cancer have come down to 23% from last 21 years and although one out of every four cancer deaths is due to lung cancer, even the lung cancer cases have declined in the past few years.