• In celebration of Women’s Health Week (May 12-18), Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), Co-Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, and Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), along with 56 of their colleagues, introduced the Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2019, which would extend the authority of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) by eight years to continue issuing a fundraising stamp for breast cancer research. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) have introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate. Read More
  • This short film is based on a detailed article written by Dr. Ernie Bodai and colleagues about the influence of lifestyle on Cancer. The article was published in The Permanente Journal Magazine in 2018. Read More
  • 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
  • Abstract Long-term survival rates after a diagnosis of breast cancer are steadily rising. This is good news, but clinicians must also recognize that this brings new challenges to the medical community. As breast cancer becomes a chronic condition rather than a life-threatening illness owing to advances in early diagnosis and more effective treatments, health care practitioners must recognize and manage the long-term sequelae of the constellation of therapeutic modalities. Read More
  • 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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In celebration of Women’s Health Week (May 12-18), Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), Co-Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, and Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), along with 56 of their colleagues, introduced the Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2019, which would extend the authority of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) by eight years to continue issuing a fundraising stamp for breast cancer research. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) have introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.

"Small change can make a big difference," Rep. Speier said. "One in eight American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime and it remains the second leading cause of cancer death in women. By selling this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service has generated over $89 million in critically-needed breast cancer research funding at no additional cost to taxpayers. That research means we have more cancer survivors than ever before. That is why continued efforts to fund research are key to finding new ways to prevent, treat, and cure this deadly disease."

 
“Creating the Breast Cancer Research Stamp is one of the truly great things that Congress has done. The opportunity for us to fight a disease that impacts 1 out of every 8 women is the definition of common sense, and we’ve seen how successful this initiative has been since its inception over two decades ago. It’s vitally important that we reauthorize this program and continue to combat the devastating impact that breast cancer has so that we can give more women the chance at longer and healthier lives,” Rep. Cheney said.
 
“I’m delighted that the Breast Cancer Stamp, which I first introduced in 1998, has generated $89 million in two decades. I’m also pleased to announce that Senator Enzi and Representatives Speier and Cheney are joining me to reauthorize this important bill for another eight years,” Senator Feinstein said. “Over 20 years this stamp has generated nearly $90 million for life-saving research, and I want it to generate even more over the next 20 years. Breast cancer is beatable, we just need to keep up research funding, and I’m proud of the role this stamp plays in that mission.”

“Breast cancer affects too many of our loved ones,” Senator Enzi said. “This stamp provides the opportunity for anyone to make a small contribution that will make a big difference in the fight against breast cancer. Since 1998, this stamp has raised tens of millions of dollars. This bill would help ensure that research and innovation continues to treat and hopefully find a cure for those with breast cancer.”

Over two decades ago, breast cancer surgeon Dr. Ernie Bodai launched a campaign to create the Breast Cancer Research Stamp. He pounded the marble floors in the US Capitol until the stamp was finally created by Congress in 1998. Since then, more than one billion stamps have been sold in the United States raising over $89 million for cutting-edge breast cancer research. That includes a recent landmark study that revealed genetic testing can show which women with early-stage breast cancer actually need chemo and research suggesting a relationship between environmental exposure and breast cancer. However, the current authorization of the stamp expires this year, putting critical research and development at risk.

“The monies raised to date have affected women worldwide in an incredibly positive way, both by saving lives and improving the quality of life for the ever-growing number of survivors,” Dr. Ernie Bodai said. “My dream is that one of the research studies sponsored by these funds would, one day, find the cure we so desperately seek."

The Breast Cancer Research Stamp is available for USPS customers to purchase for 10 cents above the cost of regular first-class postage. The stamp’s revenues cover USPS’s administrative costs and fund breast cancer research programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DoD). The Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2019 is also budget neutral, meaning no additional spending is required.
 
The bill is supported by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR); American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN); American College of Surgeons; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG); Are You Dense, Inc.; Breast Cancer Research Foundation; and Susan G. Komen.

Comments from supporting organizations:

“The breast cancer research stamp offers a powerful and practical way for people to show their support for cancer research funding while reminding the public of the role such research plays in developing new means to prevent, detect, and treat this disease,” said Lisa Lacasse, President of American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “We’re excited the stamp is again being introduced and hope it will be considered and passed quickly by Congress. We are eager to see its proceeds put to work at the National Institutes of Health.”

“Since the creation of the breast cancer research stamp in 1998, we have made great strides in the treatment of women with breast cancer, but we still have work to do,” said Ted Anderson, MD, PhD, President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). “The Breast Cancer Research Reauthorization Act of 2019 will help fund life-saving research that will allow more women to beat cancer in the future. As the organization representing physicians dedicated to quality health care for women, ACOG thanks Senator Feinstein and Representative Speier for sponsoring this important legislation.”

“The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs and the Commission on Cancer (CoC) are dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through the advocacy of issues pertaining to prevention and research,” said Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS - Medical Director, Cancer Programs, American College of Surgeons. “Incredible progress in the treatment of breast cancer is due to the cancer community uniting and supporting funding to create a stable foundation for research in the battle against this disease. The breast cancer research stamp has raised millions of dollars for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense. The continuation of the stamp is a way for all Americans to fight breast cancer in their day-to-day lives.”

“Are You Dense, Inc. fully supports the ‘Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization of 2019,’” said Joe Cappello, Executive Director of Are You Dense, Inc. “This is an excellent way to keep breast cancer research, density and education in the forefront every time we lick a stamp.”

“Research is the reason there are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. today,” said Myra Biblowit, President and CEO of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. “As the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world, BCRF would not be able to achieve its mission without the science also conducted by the public sector. The stamp will support the critical research funded by the NIH and DoD necessary to eradicate this disease. Together, we will be the end of breast cancer.”

“On behalf of the more than 270,000 men and women in the U.S. who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and the more than 42,000 who will die from the disease, we strongly support reauthorization of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp,” said Paula Schneider, CEO, Susan G. Komen®. “The only thing that is going to cure breast cancer is research. The research enabled by proceeds from the stamp have played a critical role in advancing screening, diagnosis and treatment. Yet as the mortality numbers show, this fight is far from over.”

The cosponsors of Reps. Speier’s and Cheney’s bill are: Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11), Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Brad Sherman (CA-30), Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-At large), David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Peter T. King(NY-02), Doris O. Matsui (CA-06), Daniel W. Lipinski (IL-03), Mike Thompson (CA-05), Adam B. Schiff (CA-28), Scott H. Peters (CA-52), Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Susan Wild (PA-07), Jim Himes (CT-04), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), Gwen Moore (WI-04), Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (MP-At Large), James P. McGovern (MA-02), Susan A. Davis (CA-53), Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20), Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), Brian Higgins (NY-26), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), Ted Budd (NC-13), Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03), Jenniffer González Colón (PR-At Large), Duncan Hunter (CA-50), Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen(AS-At Large), Robert Aderholt (AL-04), Jim Hagedorn (MN-01), Steve Cohen (TN-09), Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Chris Collins (NY-27), Chris Smith (NJ-04), Phil Roe (TN-01), Kevin Hern (OK-01), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Michael Turner (OH-10), Michael Bost (IL-12), Kathy Castor (FL-14), Denny Heck (WA-10), Roger Marshall (KS-01), Cindy Axne (IA-03), Brian Mast (FL-18), John Garamendi (CA-03), Veronica Escobar (TX-16), and Deb Haaland (NM-01).