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National Cancer Act 50th Anniversary Commemoration

Why Commemorate 50 Years of the National Cancer Act?

In 1971, a single piece of legislation changed how we view cancer care forever. The National Cancer Act cemented our nation’s commitment to science, establishing networks of cancer centers, clinical trials, data collection systems, and advanced research. Join us as we share these stories of progress and the people, past and present, who have made progress possible.

The DNA of the National Cancer Act

Just as every cancer is unique, so too are the stories of the people and events that have transformed cancer research and care. They are the pioneers of advocacy, the researchers and scientists discovering new treatments and prevention approaches, and the doctors who deeply care about improving the lives of their patients. They are the social workers, patient educators, administrators, and technicians. Most importantly, they are the patients, who are also our friends, family, and sometimes even ourselves.

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: The National Cancer Act of 1971

The National Cancer Act of 1971 gave our country a holistic approach to addressing cancer and its many challenges. This broad legislation gave new authority to the National Cancer Institute and established some of the programs that form the backbone of today’s cancer research enterprise.