Nixon Declares War on Cancer

Richard Nixon

President Richard Nixon declares War on Cancer by introducing the National Cancer Act. He says the following during his 1971 State of the Union.

"I will also ask for an appropriation of an extra $100 million to launch an intensive campaign to find a cure for cancer, and I will ask later for whatever additional funds can effectively be used. The time has come in America when the same kind of concentrated effort that split the atom and took man to the moon should be turned toward conquering this dread disease. Let us make a total national commitment to achieve this goal."1 2

  • 1Rettig, Richard. Cancer Crusade: The Story of the National Cancer Act of 1971. iUniverse, 2005
  • 2National Cancer Institute. The National Cancer Act of 1971.