The Prostate Cancer Awareness Stamp
designed by Michael Cronan, the stamp was approved by the US government and brought into production after a campaign by prostate cancer patients.
Patients expected the American Cancer Society, which publicized early detection for most cancers and ran the prostate cancer support group Man to Man, to be supportive of this stamp.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) had already helped promote legislation that created the Breast Cancer Awareness Stamp, which has raised over $40 million to date (2009) for breast cancer research.
However, ACS opposed the Prostate Cancer Awareness stamp. Although in 1998 ACS declared that the death rate from prostate cancer, especially in African American men, was a "disgraceful tragedy," by 1999 the ACS was actively opposing prostate cancer screening and the Awareness stamp. In fact, ACS conducted a secretive campaign to compel the US Post Office to quit stocking, advertising and selling the Prostate Cancer Awareness stamp.
Stan Klein, an activist in Massachusetts, ordered the Prostate Cancer Awareness stamp in quantity from his local postmaster and made every effort to help people obtain the stamp in areas where (for all the public knew) the stamp was no longer available because, supposedly, supplies had run out. At one time Stan kept 10,000 stamps to hand!
The following contacts may be outdated (2009)
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