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