BETHESDA, Md--As part of its resolution commemorating the 25th
anniversary of the National Cancer Act, the National Cancer Advisory
Board (NCAB) has voted to initiate a 1-year public education program
to reaffirm the national commitment to cancer research.
Leading the campaign will be the newly formed Friends of Cancer
Research, an organization that includes almost every US cancer
group. Dr. Ellen Sigal, PhD, president of Sigal Environmental
and a member of the NCAB subcommittee on basic and environmental
cancer research, will head the new group.
The goal of the campaign is to mobilize public support for cancer
research, by meeting the following objectives:
- Demonstrating the benefits of cancer research.
- Illustrating the need for answers to the disease.
- Explaining the investment needed for the task ahead.
Said Dr. Sigal: "This year's 25th anniversary of the National
Cancer Act offers the fulcrum for a major, year-long public awareness
campaign, combining news events and targeted media hits, that
will build support for an enhanced national commitment to cancer
The educational campaign will be launched around September at
a major cancer research center, and will have a message along
the lines of "only research cures cancer."