Lasker President Claire Pomeroy talks to BBC Radio 4 about the role Mary Lasker played in mobilizing public support to bring pressure on Congress and President Nixon to support cancer research. Her lobbying for more research funding played a pivotal role in the passage of the National Cancer Act in 1971. This is Part 1 of a BBC Radio 4 series discussing whether initiatives such as Nixon’s War on Cancer and President Obama’s Cancer Moonshot are the right approaches to beat cancer.