The President’s Cancer Panel was established  in 1971 when the National Cancer Act was signed by President Richard Nixon.

“The Panel is unaware of any instance in our peacetime history of comparable involvement of the scientific community in a government program of this type,” wrote Benno C. Schmidt, inaugural chair of the President’s Cancer Panel, in the panel’s first report in 1973.

Schmidt helped NCI secure its first appropriation of $100 million from Congress in 1972. Since then, the panel, which is independent from NCI, has continued to advise the federal government on the progress of the National Cancer Program.

Highlights from the panel include:

The following primary documents include reports from the President’s Cancer Panel from 1973 up until 2022.