This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Cancer Act of 1971, which created a national commitment to making progress against cancer. The law established the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in its current form and represented the US’s commitment to the “war on cancer,” as then-President Nixon described it.
To highlight progress against cancer since the law’s inception, the National Cancer Institute this year is sharing groundbreaking developments in cancer research. One of the brilliant scientists featured on their website right now is our own Rebecca Siegel, MPH, senior scientific director, Surveillance Research.
The article shares how Becky examined data from the NCI’s SEER program and other cancer databases to uncover an increase in the number of people under 50 being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, which led ACS to lower our CRC screening age from 50 to 45 in 2018, no doubt saving countless lives. The USPSTF just followed suit last month, joining ACS in recommending people at average risk begin screening for CRC at age 45.
Congrats to Becky on this well-deserved recognition! This is a terrific example of the kind of research and innovation ACS is known for. Be sure to check out the story – it’s a great read!