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Cancer Awareness Calendar 2016

Many different cancer-related awareness campaigns occur throughout the year. Not all of them are coordinated by the American Cancer Society; however, we do support efforts to create a greater awareness of cancer. Items followed by an asterisk are sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

January 2016

Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers Awareness Week (January 25−31)*

Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers Challenge (Kicks off with the Awareness Weekend and ends in March)

Healthy Weight Week (January 17−23)

National Cervical Health Awareness Month

February 2016

National Cancer Prevention Month

World Cancer Day (February 4)

American Heart Month

March 2016

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

International Women’s Day (March 8)

Kick Butts Day (March 16)

National Nutrition Month

April 2016

National Cancer Control Month

National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (April 10 −16)

National Minority Health Month

National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (April 12–18)

National Volunteer Week (April 10−17)

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

World Health Day (April 7)

May 2016

Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

Brain Tumor Awareness Month

Cancer Research Month

Don’t Fry Day (May 27)*

Melanoma Monday (May 2)

National Women’s Check-up Day (May 9)

National Women's Health Week (May 8−14)

National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

World No Tobacco Day (May 31)

World Health Assembly (May 16−21; Geneva)

June 2016

Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Invitational (June 4−6 )*

National Cancer Survivors Day (June 5)

National Men's Health Week (June 13−19)

July 2016

UV Safety Month

August 2016

National Health Center Week (August 7−13)

Summer Sun Safety Month

September 2016

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day (typically the last week in September)

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

October 2016

American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® events*

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month*

National Liver Cancer Awareness Month

National Mammography Day (October 21)

November 2016

Great American Smokeout (Always the third Thursday in November: November 17)*

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

National Family Caregiver Month

Neuroendocrine Tumor Day (November 10)

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

World Cancer Congress (October 31−November 3)

December 2016


Last Medical Review: 01/11/2016
Last Revised: 09/08/2016