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Federal funding for cancer research has led to significant advances in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for patients, leading to a record 15.5 million survivors of cancer alive in the United States today.

Virtually every American has been touched by cancer, and voters in the United States overwhelmingly support greater investment in cancer research. ASCO’s National Cancer Opinion Survey found that 73% of Americans support the government spending more on finding treatments and cures for cancer—even if it means higher taxes or adding to the deficit.

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Despite this progress and strong public support for cancer research, funding for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) remains lower than it was before the 2008 recession when adjusted for inflation. The stagnant funding makes it challenging to sustain clinical trials and difficult to attract and retain talented cancer researchers.

ASCO is urging Congress to continue building on its investment in cancer research to maintain the pace of scientific discovery and continue progress against cancer.

Read about the impact of federal funding in cancer research in “Setting the Pace of Progress: U.S. Investment in Cancer Research Saves Lives.”

Additional Resources

  • Visit our Cancer Progress Timeline – recently updated to highlight advances supported by federally funded research. This data-rich, interactive resource provides a historical overview of major advances in cancer research and care spanning 170 years.
  • Read about research projects that received federal funding in our latest Clinical Cancer Advances report.

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ASCO has created a badge to highlight research that has received federal funding. This badge is featured in the Cancer Progress Timeline and Clinical Cancer Advances reports.

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