Vice President Joe Biden Announces New Initiative To Cure Cancer

In one of his final acts as vice president, Joe Biden is kicking off what’s being called a "moonshot" initiative to cure cancer.

The vice president announced the new plan Friday at Philadelphia’s Abramson Cancer Center.       

He says the hold-up on a cure, in large part, lies in the complex cancer world itself.

In order for it to happen, Biden says Americans need to demand collaboration from the scientific community.

But just like the 1969 moon landing, President Obama hopes our country can once again accomplish something extraordinary.

Many doctors are already on board.

According to the American Cancer Society in 2016 there will be an estimated 1,685,000 new cancer cases diagnosed.

More than 595,000 people will die from the disease.