Advances in genetic testing have made knowledge of our risks for hereditary cancers more accessible and empowered us to be proactive about our healthcare. Genetic information such as whether one carries the BRCA mutation, however, can make us vulnerable to discrimination. Remarkably, it has been more than 10 years since the US government acknowledged this dilemma.
"All this money spent and they still don’t have a cure for cancer!” I heard the man sitting near me on Muni exclaim to his friend. I had just run out of my lab after starting an exciting new experiment and was looking forward to returning and continuing with the next step. But his comment made me feel both defeated and defensive.
Whatever did happen to the Cancer Moonshot Initiative?! This initiative was meant to accelerate cancer research and help scientists and clinicians make ten years’ worth of progress toward a cure in only five. But it recently occurred to me I didn’t really know much else about it or what happened after President Obama introduced it during his last State of the Union address two years ago.