WASHINGTON — U.S. government researchers said Wednesday they had started spending the proceeds from a special breast cancer stamp, handing out grants to scientists studying tumor genetics, diet, and how cancer is treated.
The National Cancer Institute said it had awarded $6.7 million in grants to more than 30 researchers--all of it money raised by the U.S. Postal Service's special-issue breast cancer stamp.
"There are over a dozen critical areas of breast cancer research that will benefit from this innovative funding and help us answer some scientific questions, as well as set up research opportunities for the next five to 10 years," NCI Director Dr. Richard Klausner said in a statement.
The stamp, first issued in 1997, was the first to be dedicated to raising funds for a special cause. Each stamp sold for 40 cents raises 7 cents for research.