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.