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Ceremony Program

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Inside Pages

This a copy of the actual program used during the Dedication Ceremony held for the stamp on April 1, 1965 in Washington D.C.  The President of the United States at the time, Lyndon B. Johnson, attended the ceremony and was presented with the stamp.  The program includes a brief message from the then current Postmaster General, John A. Gronouski, which is reproduced below for your convenience:

Not too many years ago, the word "cancer" was not mentioned in polite society.  Or if it was mentioned, it was whispered.  There seemed to be a stigma on the cancer victim that was not unlike that on the leper of Biblical times.  We tried to solve the problem of cancer by ignoring it, wishfully hoping that if we did not talk about it, cancer would disappear.

Today we can all be grateful to the American Cancer Society for teaching us to face our enemy, to recognize it and to cope with it.

It is my fervent hope that the Crusade Against Cancer commemorative postage stamp we are issuing today will considerable contribute to alerting the American people that "Early Diagnosis Saves Lives."

These are vital words - "Early Diagnosis Saves Lives" - and there are statistics to back them up.  Some 1,300,000 Americans have been cured of cancer because they obeyed these words.  In 1965 alone about 92,000 additional Americans could be saved from cancer if they would go to their doctors promptly.

"Early Diagnosis Saves Lives" - these are words to live by.

John A. Gronouski
Postmaster General

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