Health

Obama creates task force to tackle cancer

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Thursday announced the establishment of a task force headed by his deputy Joe Biden, to propel the quest to treat and cure cancer.

In a presidential memorandum, Obama announced the establishment of the “White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force,” which will issue findings about how to better detect, treat and cure the killer disease.

Obama previewed the move in his final State of the Union address earlier this month.

Each year, around 14 million new cases of cancer are detected around the world, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Much of the US panel’s work appears to be designed to cut through the politics and entrenched interests that have sometimes stymied research.

A panel will make recommendations on a range of issues ranging from how to more wisely spend federal funding to addressing “unnecessary regulatory barriers.”

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