2014 49¢ & 11¢ Breast Cancer Research
A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes in the United States. Research indicates that twelve percent of American women will develop invasive breast cancer. But there are nearly three million survivors of the disease in the United States alone.
Research into the biology of breast cancer is vital to prevent and treat the disease. Several organizations are committed to funding such research. Since 1993, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation has invested over half a billion dollars, funding more than seven million hours of research. Susan G. Komen has raised over $2.5 billion since 1982. And the Breast Cancer Research semi-postal stamp raised over $73 million between 1998 and 2014. The federal government first authorized the stamp in 1998 with an 8-cent surcharge. Proceeds from the surcharge, now at 11 cents, are donated to research efforts.
Each group strives to fight breast cancer from the start, slow its progress, and ultimately stop it completely. The five-year survival rate as of 2014 is 99 percent, compared to 74 percent in 1980. With these organizations working toward a common goal, there is hope for the eventual eradication of this terrible disease that affects so many.
The 2014 Breast Cancer stamp features the same artwork as the 1998 stamp (America’s first semipostal), created by artist Whitney Sherman. It pictures the Greek goddess Artemis (or the Roman goddess Diana) symbolizing strength and hope.
49¢ & 11¢ Breast Cancer, issued to satisfy the first-class mail rate and raise funds for research
Issue Date: September 30, 2014
City: Sacramento, CA
Quantity: 20 million
Printed By: Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Offset in sheets of 240, with 12 panes of 20 per sheet
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut
Semipostal stamps are also known as fundraising stamps. The price of the stamp pays the first-class postage rate plus an additional amount to fund a specific cause.