The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has released its annual Cancer Progress Report.
Key advancements in the report include:
“The unprecedented progress we are making against cancer has been made possible largely through basic research,” explained AACR President Elizabeth M. Jaffee (Johns Hopkins University, MD, USA). “A continued increase in federal funding for both basic, translational, and clinical research will allow us to make major headway moving forward.”
In addition to advancements, the report also emphasizes the challenges in tackling the disease:
The report also calls for elected leaders to:
“There has never been a time of greater excitement in the cancer field,” Margaret Foti, chief executive officer of the AACR, commented. “The rapid pace and broad scope of the progress against cancer are extraordinary.
“We have the scientific knowledge, cutting-edge technologies, and capability to deliver a new wave of innovations that will stimulate more lifesaving progress. However, if we are to seize these opportunities to further transform cancer care, we must ensure that biomedical research remains a high priority for our nation’s policymakers.”