WASHINGTONPostal patrons bought 45 million Breast Cancer stamps
in the first 3.5 months after its release, raising about $3.6 million
for research. Each stamp costs 8 cents more than a regular
first-class stamp, with the additional money designated for funding
breast cancer research at the National Institutes of Health and
Department of Defense.
The Postal Service initially printed 200 million of the stamps, and
in the first few weeks after its July 29 issuance, the stamps were
selling at about 1 million a day. The Postal Service anticipates a
second printing early in 1999. The stamp will remain on sale at US
post offices until July 2000.