• On December 17, 2019 Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) announced that the Breast Cancer Research stamp had been reauthorized.  “No one imagined, when we first started working to make this stamp a reality, that it would raise tens of millions of dollars for breast cancer research,” Senator Feinstein said. “This little stamp is bringing us closer to the cure. Now that the act has been reauthorized, I urge everyone to buy the Breast Cancer Research Stamp and support this vital research. I’d also like to thank Dr. Bodai for his work on the original stamp and his continued work treating women diagnosed with Read More
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1 BCRS Reauthorized
  • 2 Congress Passes 2019 Breast Cancer Stamp Reauthorization
  • 3 The Cancer Prescription Short Video
  • 4 BCRS featured in U.S. News
  • 5 Dr. Bodai Published Article
  • 6 Dr. Bodai Published in the Permanente Journal
  • 7 Breast Cancer Research Stamp Dedicated in Sacramento
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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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Want to know how to get a Breast Cancer Research Stamp in your country?

We have provided a quick presentation and some additional resources in helping you launch the BCRS in your country.

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Meet Dr. Ernie Bodai
Meet Dr. Ernie Bodai

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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 Breast Cancer Research Stamp started in Sacramento when Kaiser physician Dr. Ernie Bodai was the driving force to persuade congress to pass the first American stamp ever to directly fund research for a specific cause. This research has not only helped find the cure for breast cancer, but has helped find a cure for colon cancer, ovarian cancer and prostrate cancer. Dr. Bodai has dedicated a major portion of his life to raising much needed funds to combat the disease.

This national event featured Dr. Ernie Bodai and Sacramento District Manager, Dr. Barbara Plunkett as they unveil the re-issued Breast Cancer Research Stamp. Sacramento is the only city in the country to be able to sell this newly re-issued semi-postal stamp on this day.

This year the US Postal Service, Sacramento District has put a campaign in gear by decorating two postal vehicles in pink and making stops at various stops in the Sacramento postal district to promote the sale of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp. The goal is to create awareness and to be the first in the country to sell the billionth stamp.

 

Images from the event