On December 23, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon signs the National Cancer Act This act authorized the NCI Director to:
“There is broad agreement that cancer research has advanced to the stage where a substantial increase in resources and effort could be very productive. There seems to be a consensus among cancer researchers that they are within striking distance of achieving the basic understanding of cancer cells which has eluded the most brilliant medical minds in the world. While it is true that breakthroughs in science are often serendipitous, and cannot be forced, the committee feels that a substantial increase in resources, along with increased organization efficiency will shorten the time necessary to achieve them.”
Over the years, scientists have made major improvements in areas of cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, including:
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