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Stand Up To Cancer Day
FriSep 13

Stand Up To Cancer Day – September 13, 2024

Stand Up To Cancer Day is observed every second Friday of September, on September 13 this year. It is a day for creating cancer awareness. It is also a time to support the fight against cancer, using various means. The day has been observed since 2008, and it has helped to gather massive support from researchers and scientists.

History of Stand Up To Cancer Day

Stand Up To Cancer Day, also known as National Stand Up To Cancer Day, was created out of goodwill to join the fight against cancer. It is a holiday on which we spread awareness concerning cancer.

It is also a call to action. Donations are encouraged on this special day. The money is used primarily to help advance cancer research. Researchers from around the world are encouraged to collaborate in the fight against cancer. Also, there are over 170 countries that observe this special day.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death nowadays. But it was discovered long ago. Writings about cancer were found in ancient Egyptian manuscripts dating back to 3000 B.C. Although the word cancer was not used in the manuscripts, there is a very good description of what we today know as cancer.

It was the Greek physician Hippocrates, also known as the father of medicine, who called the disease by the name ‘karkinos,’ which means crab in Greek. Since then, researchers have taken the time to study the disease carefully.

Stand Up To Cancer Day has been chosen to help raise awareness about the disease. It is a day to evaluate the consequences of cancer in our society. Through the help of telecasts and celebrity appearances, funds are raised for cancer research. The program was conceived and formed on May 27, 2008, by some women who were affected by cancer. Over 100 million was raised after the initial televised broadcast.

Stand Up To Cancer Day timeline

3000 B.C.
Writings About Cancer

Cancer is known in ancient Egypt, even though it's not by its popular name.

47 A.D.
Latin Translation Cancer

Greco-Roman philosopher Celsus translates the crab into Latin, which is cancer.

War on Cancer

President Richard Nixon signs the National Cancer Act into law, in order to increase the fight against cancer.

Beginning of Stand Up To Cancer Day

Some women who are affected by cancer begin the charitable program.

Stand Up To Cancer Day FAQs

What is SU2C?

SU2C is an acronym for Stand Up To Cancer.

Who is behind the Stand Up To Cancer Day?

Stand Up To Cancer Day is organized by the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

Where does the donation go?

Every donation is directed towards cancer research conducted worldwide. 

How To Observe Stand Up To Cancer Day

  1. Watch the telecast

    On Stand Up To Cancer Day, the program is televised. It is a program that creates awareness about cancer and its effect on society.

  2. Make a donation

    There's no better way to join the fight than by making a donation. The money is used for cancer research.

  3. Use the Hashtags

    There are special hashtags that you can use to create awareness on social media. It helps inform many other people.

5 Facts About Cancer You Probably Know

  1. ‘Cancer’ means ‘crab’

    The Latin word ‘cancer’ was translated from the Greek word for ‘crab.’

  2. Many types of cancer

    There are over 100 types of cancer.

  3. The fight against cancer is expensive

    In 2018 alone, $150.8 billion was spent on cancer care in the U.S. alone.

  4. Cancer can grow from anywhere

    Cancer cells can manifest from anywhere in the body.

  5. Decline in death rate

    Data show that there's been a decline in the cancer death rate since 1990.

Why Stand Up To Cancer Day is Important

  1. It helps create awareness

    Stand Up To Cancer Day helps to create awareness about cancer. The holiday is designed to inform people about cancer.

  2. It helps to raise funds

    On Stand Up To Cancer Day, there's a telecast that encourages people to give. This fund is used for cancer research.

  3. It brings people together

    Stand Up To Cancer Day is a chance for people to come together and fight against cancer.

Stand Up To Cancer Day dates

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