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College Supports Reauthorization of the Breast Cancer Awareness Stamp

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) endorsed legislation introduced May 14, the Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2019, H.R. 2689/S. 1438. In 1998, breast cancer surgeon Ernie Bodai, MD, FACS, launched a campaign to create the Breast Cancer Research Stamp. Since then, more than one billion stamps have been sold in the U.S., raising more than $89 million for cutting-edge breast cancer research. The current authorization of the stamp expires this year, putting critical research and development at risk.

The Breast Cancer Research Stamp is available for U.S. Postal Service (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). Because the Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2019 is budget neutral, no additional spending is required.

 “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,” said Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS, Medical Director, ACS Cancer Programs. “The breast cancer research stamp has raised millions of dollars for the NIH and the Medical Research Program at the DoD. The continuation of the stamp is a way for all Americans to fight breast cancer in their day-to-day lives.”

Read the ACS support letters to both the House and the Senate, and encourage your members of Congress to support this legislation by visiting the SurgeonsVoice web page. For more information about this legislation or to issues related to cancer care, contact Kristin McDonald, Manager, ACS Legislative and Political Affairs, at kmcdonald@facs.org.