Cancer Research Delivers Breakthrough and Hope.

Much progress is being made in the fight against cancer.  The U.S. cancer death rate declined by 29 percent from 1991 to 2017, including a 2.2 percent drop from 2016 to 2017, the largest single-year drop in cancer mortality ever reported.  Yet, cancer is still the nation’s second-leading cause of death.  This year, over 1.8 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer, and more than 600,000 people – 1,650 a day – will die from it.

Sustained investments will be required to maintain the current pace of progress in cancer research.  OVAC recommends at least $44.7 billion for NIH in FY 2021, a $3 billion increase over the FY 2020 level.  For NCI, we recommend $6.9 billion, which is both the amount proposed by NCI in its FY 2021 professional judgment budget and the level needed to provide an increase for NCI which is proportional to that of NIH overall.