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On a Tuesday Campaign stop, former Vice President Joe Biden indicated that if he were elected as President we will cure cancer. This was quite the campaign promise from Biden who has been the front runner in the Democratic race since long before announcing his run. His statements are quite interesting in the very least.
Biden’s background is law, history, and political science, not health science. Just the notion that a politician will cure cancer or that his mere election will cure cancer is amazing. Apparently, he learned some magical powers at the University of Delaware or at Syracuse.
In 1971, President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act establishing the National Cancer Institute. Cancer had become the US 2nd leading cause of cancer by this point. It was an effort to establish a war on cancer and created treatment centers and contracts to encourage research into cancer. Over 48 years later, cancer is still a major cause of death and has not been cured.
It is estimated that there will be over 1.7 million cancer diagnosis in the US in 2019. As can be seen on the graphs at cancer.org, the death rates are going down. Even though this is the case, anyone would agree there is room for improvement. I would immensely love a cure for cancer as it has affected my immediate family and I would love nothing more than to see cancer eradicated from existence.
Now enters Joe Biden who claims he is the one that can drive the cure for cancer just by being elected. It has nothing to do with the millions of dollars in research that organizations, like the American Cancer Society, have funded in an effort to treat and find cures. It has nothing to do with the 70 National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers that are conducting hundreds of research studies into cancer.
As much as I want cancer to be cured and for millions of people to receive the help they so much deserve, Joe Biden is not the answer or cure for cancer. If he was, he could have ended the need for the NCI in 1972 when he was elected to the Senate. Joe Biden is just another career politician that will say anything to be elected. American’s need to realize that the lip service of Democrats is nothing more than fairy tales.