Cancer Awareness Calendar

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 2019

  • Release of American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2019*
  • National Volunteer and Staff Leadership Summit (January 29-31; Dallas)
  • Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits And Sneakers™ Week (January 21-27)
  • Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Corporate Challenge (January – March)
  • Coaches vs. Cancer INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge (January – March)
  • Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge (High School)
  • Relay For Life events kick off
  • DetermiNation rollout
  • Updated listing of Research and Training Grants in effect as of October 1 made available
  • National Cervical Cancer Screening Month [Cervical Health Awareness Month]
  • National Healthy Weight Week (January 20-27) 
  • Women’s Healthy Weight Day (January 24)
  • NFL ACS Crucial Catch Health Expo (January 30)
  • Opportunity for messaging about New Year’s resolutions and making healthy choices

February 2019

  • Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge (College Feb 1- March 10)
  • World Cancer Day (February 4)
  • National Cancer Prevention Month
  • American Heart Month

March 2019

  • Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • NCCRT Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day Event (March 7; Atlanta)
  • International Women's Day (March 8)
  • Kick Butts Day (March 20)
  • National Nutrition Month
  • INFINITI Coaches Challenge

April 2019

  • Announcement of newly awarded Research and Training Grants
  • Coaches vs. Cancer Final Four (April 6-8; Minneapolis, MN)
  • National Volunteer Week (April 7 -13)
  • Together vs. Cancer Month
  • World Health Day (April 7)
  • National Minority Health Month
  • National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (TBD)
  • National Cancer Control Month

May 2019

  • Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic (May 17-19; Las Vegas)
  • Coaches vs. Cancer Wives & Friends Retreat (May 17-19; Las Vegas)
  • Major League Lacrosse Real Men Wear Pink (May 1-31)
  • Melanoma Monday (May 6)
  • National Women’s Health Week (May 12-18)
  • National Women’s Check-up Day (May 13)
  • Don’t Fry Day (May 24)
  • World Health Assembly (May 20-28)
  • World No Tobacco Day (May 31)
  • Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
  • National Cancer Research Month

June 2019

  • Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Invitational (June 9-10; Pinehurst, NC)
  • National Cancer Survivors Day (June 2)
  • National Men’s Health Week (June 10-16)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month

July 2019

  • UV Safety Month
  • Updated listing of Research and Training Grants in effect as of July 1 made available 

August 2019

  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kick-off events
  • ACS CAN How Do You Measure Up? Report  
  • Summer Sun Safety Month
  • Back to school ideas related to nutrition and physical activity 

September 2019

  • ACS CAN Leadership Summit and Lobby Day (Sept. 8-11 Washington D.C.)
  • CEOs Against Cancer National Meeting (Sept. 29 – 30; Washington D.C.)
  • Updated listing of Research and Training Grants in effect as of September 1 made available
  • National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • Childhood Cancer Month
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
  • Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
  • NFL Regular Season Kickoff

October 2019

  • American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • NFL Crucial Catch month
  • National Mammography Day (October  18)
  • Announcement of New Research & Training Grants 2nd Cycle

November 2019

  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • NHL Hockey Fights Cancer month
  • Great American Smokeout (November 21)
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Family Caregiver Month

December 2019

  • Year-end Giving Campaign
  • Cancer Screen Week  (TBD)
  • Year in review (major victories in cancer this year)
  • Healthy holiday meal ideas and recipes
  • New Board of Directors announced

*NOTE: Release dates subject to change

The American Cancer Society medical and editorial content team

Our team is made up of doctors and oncology certified nurses with deep knowledge of cancer care as well as journalists, editors, and translators with extensive experience in medical writing.

Last Revised: April 27, 2018