Olivia Newton-John is a real-life survivor.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 1992, the singer and
actress turned what could have been a tragedy into a lifelong
commitment to raising awareness about this increasingly devastating
disease and its prevention.
"I'm always surprised when women say to me they don't self-examine
their breasts because they're scared they'll find something,"
Newton-John said. "It's much better to know, because the earlier you
detect something, the earlier you can treat it."
On Thursday, Newton-John, along with noted breast cancer surgeon
Dr. Ernie Bodai, who runs a breast cancer center in Northern
California, was at Sav-On Drugs in Burbank to announce that the
Breast Cancer Stamp will now be available at Sav-On and Albertsons
grocery stores throughout California.
"After several years of lobbying to get this stamp passed by
Congress, it has become the highest-selling stamp ever sold by the
post office," Bodai said. "We've sold over 600 million stamps and
we've raised about $50 million toward breast cancer research."
With so much more money needed to fund research, Newton-John said
she is thrilled that the stamps will be conveniently available at
both these markets rather than having to make a special trip to the
Karen Ramos, a Sav-On Drugs spokeswoman, said the chain started
selling the stamps Oct. 1, and they've been selling fast.
"They have an additional cost, but the extra $1.60 goes toward funding breast cancer research," Ramos said. "Sav-On and Albertsons
have always supported fundraising throughout the U.S., so this is
just a great way to continue that support."
The Liv-kit, named after Newton-John, was also demonstrated to men
and women. The kit contains a reusable, soft, latex-free polyurethane
bag filled with a non-toxic lubricant that allows fingers to glide
smoothly across the breast, enhancing the ability to feel changes in
"This enables women to have a more user-friendly way in which to
examine their breast," Newton-John said. "Some women are embarrassed
to touch themselves and this tool will eliminate some of that
Newton-John and Bodai are on a global crusade to intro- duce the
"Breast cancer knows no boundaries," Bodai said. "So we're
traveling the world to bring stamps and a cure to all countries in