• CHICAGO (AP) — Countless breast cancer patients in the future will be spared millions of dollars of chemotherapy thanks in part to something that millions of Americans did that cost them just pennies: bought a postage stamp. Proceeds from the U.S. Postal Service's breast cancer stamp put researchers over the top when they were trying to get enough money to do the landmark study published on Sunday that showed genetic testing can reveal which women with early-stage breast cancer need chemo and which do not. Read More
  • The American Society of Breast Surgeons honored Dr. Balazs "Ernie" Bodai, MD, FACS with their Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th Annual Meeting on May 2, 2018.   Read More
  • Many consider lifestyle medicine to be a relatively new subspecialty, although it has been practiced for thousands of years. Unlike conventional medicine, the focus of lifestyle medicine is not on the treatment of chronic diseases but rather on their prevention. Chronic diseases are presently the leading cause of morbidity and mortality and are responsible for most of our health care expenditure. Read More
  • On December 16, 2015 Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced that the 1 billionth breast cancer research stamp was sold this month. The stamp has raised $81 million for breast cancer research since its creation in 1998, and President Obama last week signed legislation to extend the stamp through 2019. Read More
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  • In 1998, the first semi-postal stamp ever, a stamp specifically used to raise funds for a special cause, was issued. At that time, 200 million stamps were produced and $5.2 million was raised for breast cancer research. Since then, more than 1 billion Breast Cancer Research (BCR) stamps have been produced, with net proceeds now exceeding $79 million. At 12 noon, on September 30th, 2014 on the West Steps of the California State Capital in downtown Sacramento, history repeated itself when Sacramento became the only city in the county to re-issue the stamp in a First-Day of Issue ceremony. The Read More
  • Many patients of Dr. Ernie Bodai will write to us their stories of surviving breast cancer. You can have your story posted on our website by simply emailing it to us.  We can include contact information if you would like to have people respond to you directly.   Read More
  • The stamp depicts Diana, the huntress and goddess of fertility, reaching behind her head to pull an arrow from her quiver to fend off an enemy, in this case, breast cancer. The image reflects the same position that a woman assumes for a breast self-exam and mammography. Breast Cancer Research Stamp The Breast Cancer Research semi-postal was issued on July 29, 1998, at a first day ceremony held in the White House. It was the first semi-postal in U.S. history. To date, the stamp has raised nearly $87.4 million for breast cancer research. By law, 70 percent of the net Read More
  • Ernie Bodai, M.D. was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1951. He and his family lived in a bomb shelter for nearly a year, before they managed to escape during the Hungarian Revolution in 1957. Following immigration to the United States, Dr. Bodai received his B.A and M.S. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his M.D. degree from the University of California, Davis in 1977, where he currently serves as Clinical Professor of Surgery. Dr. Bodai served as Chief of Surgery, Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento for 15 years and today directs the Breast Health Center at the Kaiser Read More
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The Breast Cancer Research Stamp was issued on July 29, 1998.

imageThis marked the first semi-postal in US history.

Designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, MD, the stamp features the phrases, "Fund the Fight" and "Find a Cure" and an illustration of a mythical "goddess of the hunt" by Whitney Sherman of Baltimore.

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President Bush signs Bill S.597 into law extending the sale of the stamp

imageOn December 21, 2007 President Bush signed into law Bill S.597 which extended the sale of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp for 4 more years.

Since 1998, over 950 million stamps have been sold raising over $80 million for breast cancer research

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President Obama signs Bill S.384 extending the sale of the stamp

imageOn December 23, 2011 President Obama signed into law Bill S.384 which extended the sale of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp until 2015.

Since 1998, over 950 million stamps have been sold raising over $80 million for breast cancer research

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Breast Cancer Research Stamp Dedicated in Sacramento

imageOn September 30th, 2014 on the West Steps of the California State Capital in downtown Sacramento, history repeated itself when Sacramento became the only city in the county to re-issue the stamp in a First-Day of Issue ceremony. Sacramento is the only city in the country to be able to sell this newly re-issued semi-postal stamp on this day.

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20th Anniversary of BCRS Release in the USA

imageOn July 29, 2018 the Breast Cancer Research Stamp will celebrate 20 years. It was the first semipostal in U.S. history. As of March 2018, the stamp has raised over $87.4 million for breast cancer research. By law, 70 percent of the net amount raised is given to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent is given to the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Countless breast cancer patients in the future will be spared millions of dollars of chemotherapy thanks in part to something that millions of Americans did that cost them just pennies: bought a postage stamp.

Proceeds from the U.S. Postal Service's breast cancer stamp put researchers over the top when they were trying to get enough money to do the landmark study published on Sunday that showed genetic testing can reveal which women with early-stage breast cancer need chemo and which do not.

 

"Finding the money to do this was very, very difficult. They really had to pass the hat around," said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, who had no role in the study but is familiar with its funding history. Without the stamp money, the study may never have been done, he said.

The National Cancer Institute sponsored the study, along with several foundations. A key part — the initial $4.5 million of the cancer institute's $36 million contribution — came from the stamp, said Dinah Singer, who is involved in the institute's use of stamp proceeds. The money was used to pay for the gene test, which costs more than $4,000 per person.

The stamp was the nation's first "semipostal" — a U.S. Postal Service stamp sold at a surcharge to raise money for a cause — when Congress passed a measure enabling it and then-President Bill Clinton signed it into law in 1997. It was first issued in 1998 and has been reissued multiple times since, and has raised more than $86 million for breast cancer research.

It shows a woman with an arm raised, in a position meant to portray breast self-examination. When first issued, it cost 40 cents instead of the usual 34. The extra 6 cents went for research — 70 percent to the Cancer Institute and 30 percent to the Department of Defense.

Over the years, the Cancer Institute has used its $59.8 million in proceeds for studies trying to improve early detection and to determine which cancers are most dangerous and need heaviest treatment and which are less so. The two most recent studies it is funding look at tomosynthesis — a newer breast imaging technique — versus standard-of-care 3D mammograms, and research on whether weight loss impacts breast cancer treatment and outcomes.

"I think it's been well spent," Singer said of the stamp proceeds.

The study published on Sunday, on which early-stage breast cancer patients can forgo chemo, is by far the most impactful so far.

"We just cannot afford to do these large clinical studies anymore. You're never going to see these kinds of trials from the drug companies," because what is being tested might result in less use of their products, Brawley said.

BY MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer

Original story posted at https://www.usnews.com/news/news/articles/2018-06-04/licking-cancer-us-postal-stamp-helped-fund-key-breast-study