The Precision Medicine Initiative: Can it help cure Cancer?

In today’s age, Cancer has affected many people we know and love. In 2014, according to the American Cancer Society, it was estimated that 1,655,540 patients would be diagnosed with cancer and 585,720 patients will die of cancer in the United States. Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the US, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. The Precision Medicine Initiative is a new research effort to revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease that will offer $215 million to support various national health institutions.Outline of the Precision Medicine Initiative

The proposed bill will implement Precision, or personalized medicine, which means studying genetics of patients and coming up with cures based on specific details, found in a patient’s personal health data. Essentially, scientists will assemble databases of about a million volunteers to study their genetics and other factors in hopes of using that data to combat cancer.

The Precision Medicine Initiative will invest in improving patient’s health outcomes, fueling the development of new treatments and catalyze a new era of data-based medical treatment. The $215 million that the government proposes to invest in the medical industry will be spread amongst various organizations. In order to read more about the Precision Medicine Initiative, please click here.

The Precision Medicine Initiative is a growing trend in healthcare and it may prove to be a significant transformation of the healthcare system in the United States. Although there are some challenges ahead in order to pass the bill, this initiative may revolutionize healthcare in the United States and may bring us one-step close to finding a cure for cancer.


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