Young Hollywood Stars Prepare to "Stand Up To Cancer"

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On September 10th, Stand Up to Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, will be simulcast live and commercial free on 14 different television stations and feature more than a dozen of today’s young stars. The program is devoted to raising funds for cancer research.

Stand Up To Cancer fund-raising event

At 8pm ET/PT, the one-hour fund-raising event will be televised on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, HBO, Discovery Health, E!, MLB Network, The Style Network, VH1, HBO Latino, Showtime, TV One, and G4. Stars committed to the new public service campaign, called “Change the Odds” include Zac Efron, Dakota Fanning, Vanessa Hudgens, Kristen Bell, Olivia Munn, and many more.

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Stand Up to Cancer is a collaboration uniting the major television networks, entertainment industry executives and celebrities, and prominent leaders in cancer research and patient advocacy. The first television event premiered on September 5, 2008. Last year’s telecast with appearances by Jennifer Aniston, James Taylor, Meryl Streep, Christina Applegate and more helped to raise over $100 million for translational cancer research.

Funds raised during the event and other activities through SU2C are administered by the American Association for Cancer Research. 70 percent of donations directly fund investigators from leading institutions across the country who are pursing the most promising research and therapies for cancer patients. 20 percent funds innovative cancer research proposals not supported by conventional funding sources. 10 percent of SU2C funds are invested in the program’s reserve to continue its mission of funding cutting-edge research and bringing effective new treatments to cancer patients.

Cancer claims the life of one person every minute. According to the National Cancer Institute, the leading types of cancer in the US (according to estimated new cases for 2010) are lung cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and bladder cancer.

The most common risk factors for developing cancer include age, tobacco exposure, sunlight, ionizing radiation, certain chemicals and other substances, family history/genetics, alcohol, poor diet, and lack of physical activity.

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