50th Anniversary of the National Cancer Act of 1971

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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) was established in 1937 as the federal government's primary agency to address research and training needs for the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Since then, multiple legislative acts and amendments have broadened the role of NCI in supporting and improving cancer research. The National Cancer Act of 1971, signed into law by President Richard Nixon, was a major push forward. The NCA of 1971 created the National Cancer Program, granted the NCI special authorities, and in many other ways strengthened the nation’s commitment to making progress against cancer through an increase in funding for cancer research.