Jen Christensen, CNN: Is the cure for cancer real or rhetoric?
(CNN)President Barack Obama's State of the Union address announced a new national "moon shot" effort to cure cancer.
"For the loved ones we've all lost, for the family we can still save, let's make America the country that cures cancer once and for all," the President said.
But is finding a cure for cancer realistic or merely rhetoric?
"Is it realistic? In a word 'no,' " said Dr. Otis Brawley, the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. "In my world, 'cure' is a four letter word, but we are going to cure some people."
He said it's important to remember there are at least 200 kinds of cancer. Finding one "cure" to fix all of them is probably impossible.
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CSN Editor: Government does play a role .... but government is not the institution that will "discover" the cure and/or better treatments for cancer.