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October 28, 1974

Cancer—Attack or Retreat?

JAMA. 1974;230(4):555-557. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240040025025

AT THE SIGNING of the National Cancer Act of 1971, the President said:

I hope that in the years ahead that we look back on this day and this action shown as being the most significant action taken during this administration.

The present situation surrounding biomedical research is but a fleeting concept, when the continuing cancer developments are taken into account. Change is the order of the day—change in the "agri-business" industry, change in the US economy, change in biomedical research. The biomedical research industry stands at the threshold of a new era. Perhaps never before has the industry had, at the same time, so many problems and such bright prospects for the future. Excellent business planning, research, and management will be required to solve the problems and realize the prospects for the future. Actions taken by government and research institutions during the next few years will set the course