The National Cancer Act of 1971 mandated that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) establish an information dissemination program. The amendment of 1974 authorized expanded information dissemination activities for scientists, health professionals, and the general public and later legislative measures further expanded NCI's cancer information dissemination programs.
The Office of Communications and Education (OCE) advances the mission of NCI by disseminating research results to the public to improve the lives of those affected by cancer. Working closely with scientists and partners, OCE uses effective methods to reach diverse audiences and meet their needs for the latest, evidence-based cancer information.
OCE is the most trusted and valued resource for cancer communications strategy within NCI and for cancer information among the larger cancer community, providing the highest level of excellence, expertise, and services to the general public, the media, health professionals, and partner organizations.