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 2018

  • Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers Week (January 22−28)*
  • Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers Challenge (January−March)
  • Coaches vs. Cancer 3-point High-School Challenge
  • National Healthy Weight Week (January 21−28)
  • National Cervical Health Awareness Month

February 2018

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

March 2018

  • Coaches vs. Cancer Final Four (March 31)
  • HPV Awareness Day (March 4)
  • International Women’s Day (March 8)
  • Kick Butts Day (March 21)
  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Nutrition Month

April 2018

  • National Cancer Control Month
  • National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (April 8−14)
  • National Minority Health Month
  • National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (April 8–15)
  • National Volunteer Week (April 15−21)
  • Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
  • World Health Day (April 7)

May 2018

  • Bladder Cancer Awareness Month
  • Brain Tumor Awareness Month
  • Cancer Research Month
  • Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic (May 20–22)
  • Don’t Fry Day (May 25)*
  • Major League Lacrosse Real Men Wear Pink (May 1–31)
  • Melanoma Monday (May 7)
  • Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
  • National Women’s Check-up Day (May 14)
  • National Women's Health Week (May 13−19)
  • World No Tobacco Day (May 31)
  • World Health Assembly (May 21−26)

June 2018

  • Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Invitational (June 10−11 )*
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month 
  • National Cancer Survivors Day (June 3)
  • National Men's Health Week (June 11−17)

July 2018

  • UV Safety Month
  • Sarcoma Awareness Month

August 2018

  • National Health Center Week (August 12−18)
  • Summer Sun Safety Month
  • World Lung Cancer Day (August 1) 

September 2018

  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
  • Blood Cancer/Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
  • National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day (September 18)
  • Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

October 2018

  • American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® events*
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month*
  • National Liver Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Mammography Day (October 19)
  • NFL Crucial Catch Month
  • World Cancer Congress (October 1–4)

November 2018

  • Great American Smokeout (Always the third Thursday in November: November 15)*
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Family Caregiver Month
  • Neuroendocrine Tumor Day (November 10)
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

December 2018

There are currently no national awareness dates in December.

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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 Revised: April 27, 2018