NIH interview with Prof. Robin Scheffler, National Cancer Act Legacy Still Debated, 50 Years Later
Mar 10, 2022
National Cancer Act Legacy Still Debated, 50 Years Later
When President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act on Dec. 23, 1971, he declared war on cancer. A half-century later, debate over what constitutes victory continues, said Dr. Robin W. Scheffler during a recent NIH Biomedical History Lecture.
“The declaration ignited a broad-ranging explosion of research dedicated to understanding, curing and preventing cancer,” said Scheffler, assistant professor of science, technology and society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.