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 2017

  • Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers Awareness Week (January 23−29)*
  • Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers Challenge (January−March)
  • Healthy Weight Week (January 16−20)
  • National Cervical Health Awareness Month

February 2017

  • Coaches vs Cancer Suits and Sneakers Corporate Challenge (Feb 1)
  • Coaches vs Cancer 3-point challenge
  • National Cancer Prevention Month
  • World Cancer Day (February 4)
  • American Heart Month

March 2017

  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • International Women’s Day (March 8)
  • Kick Butts Day (March 15)
  • National Nutrition Month

April 2017

  • National Cancer Control Month
  • National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (April 9 −15)
  • National Minority Health Month
  • National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (April 12–18)
  • Coaches vs. Cancer Final Four (April 1-3 Phoenix)
  • National Volunteer Week (April 23−29)
  • Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
  • World Health Day (April 7)

May 2017

  • Bladder Cancer Awareness Month
  • Brain Tumor Awareness Month
  • Cancer Research Month
  • Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic
  • Don’t Fry Day (May 26)*
  • Melanoma Monday (May 1)
  • National Women’s Checkup Day (May 8)
  • National Women's Health Week (May 14−20)
  • Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
  • World No Tobacco Day (May 31)
  • World Health Assembly (May 22−26)

June 2017

  • National Cancer Survivors Day (June 4)
  • Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Invitational (June 11−12 )*
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month
  • National Men's Health Week (June 12−18)

July 2017

  • UV Safety Month
  • Sarcoma Awareness Month

August 2017

  • National Health Center Week (August 7−13)
  • Summer Sun Safety Month
  • World Lung Cancer Day (August 1)
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kick-off events

September 2017

  • 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 2017

  • American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® events*
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month*
  • National Liver Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Mammography Day (October 20)

November 2017

  • Great American Smokeout (Always the third Thursday in November: November 16)*
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Family Caregiver Month
  • Neuroendocrine Tumor Day (November 10)
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

December 2017

There are currently no national awareness dates in December.

The American Cancer Society medical and editorial content team
Our team is made up of doctors and master's-prepared nurses with deep knowledge of cancer care as well as journalists, editors, and translators with extensive experience in medical writing.

Last Medical Review: December 31, 2016 Last Revised: July 31, 2017