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Although scientists at the University of Nebraska Medical Center have been researching cancer since the early 1960s, the national crusade against cancer was mobilized in 1971 when President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act. Over the past quarter century, remarkable advances in cancer research have been attained.

In the past 25 years, remarkable advances in cancer research leading to earlier diagnosis and more effective therapies have contributed to 10 million cancer survivors living in the U.S., three times the number alive in 1971 when Nixon took aim at cancer. In 1996, the National Cancer Institute reported the cancer death rate in the United States had peaked and, for the first time, begun to fall. This accomplishment comes as a result of the knowledge gained in laboratories such as those in the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, where scientists are diligently working to bring results from the laboratory to the patients in the treatment center.