Ultimate Calendar of Cancer Awareness Months & Days (2024)

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Every month at Good Good Good, we plan upcoming good news content for our Instagram, Goodnewsletter, Goodnewspaper, podcast, website, and more. Our work is always centered on hopeful stories about people making a difference in the world — and action steps on how each of us can join in with that good work.

With so many holidays, awareness days, education weeks, and activism months happening all year long, we’ve been slowly collecting all of these events in a private internal calendar for years.

We made our Monthly Cause Awareness Calendar publicly available earlier this year. We’ve also published:

And now we’re publishing our guide to cancer awareness holidays.

Our hope is this resource will help you or your organization bring attention to these important issues — not just around World Cancer Day — but all year long.

Where applicable, we've included resources around highlighted holidays — usually in the form of good news around particular topics, relevant quotes or recommendations, or action steps on how to make a difference. We encourage you to share them if you find them helpful.

We've worked hard to make this the most comprehensive collection of cancer-related days and months on the internet. Always double-check dates, as organizers may occasionally change dates.

Bookmark this page and revisit it as often as you need. We'll continue to update it and add to it over time.

Cancer Awareness Months & Dates



No specific cancer awareness days in January

Take this opportunity to explore all cancer awareness ribbons and their meanings


Cervical Health Awareness Month



World Cancer Day - February 4th

World Cholangiocarcinoma Day - February 12th

National Donor Day - February 14th

International Childhood Cancer Day - February 15th

Rare Disease Day - February 28th


National Cancer Prevention Month

American Heart Month

Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month



Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day - March 3rd

International HPV Awareness Day - March 4th

Read this good news story about women fighting for access to the HPV vaccine

Anal Cancer Awareness Day - March 21st


National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Myeloma Action Month

Kidney Cancer Awareness Month



Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Awareness Day - April 21st


National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week - First Week of April

National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week - First Full Week of April

National Minority Cancer Awareness Week - Third Week of April


Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

National Cancer Control Month

National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month



Melanoma Monday - First Monday of May

World Ovarian Cancer Day - May 8th

Women’s Check-Up Day - Second Monday of May

World No Tobacco Day - May 31st


Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

Brain Cancer Awareness Month

National Cancer Research Month

National Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

National NF (Neurofibromatosis) Month

Oncology Nursing Month

National Clean Air Month

Learn about the WHO air pollution guidelines aiming to improve health



National Cancer Survivors Day - First Sunday of June

World Brain Tumor Awareness Day - June 8th

Listen to our podcast interview with cancer survivor and Olympic figure skater, Scott Hamiltonpet

World Kidney Cancer Day - Third Thursday of June


National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week - Week-long event in June


Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month

Cancer Survivors Month

Read about how cancer deaths are rapidly decreasing



GIST Awareness Day - July 13th

National Leimyosarcoma Day - July 15th

Glioblastama Awareness Day - Third Wednesday of July


UV Safety Awareness Month

Sarcoma and Bone Cancer Awareness Month



World Lung Cancer Day - August 1st

Esther Day - August 3rd

Read and share this guide about how to celebrate Esther Day

National Surgical Oncologist Day - August 22nd

Read about other inspiring frontline heroes


Appendix Cancer Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month

World Cancer Support Month



World Lymphoma Awareness Day - September 15th

World Cancer Research Day - September 24th

World Lung Day - September 25th

National Previvor Day - Last Wednesday of September

Listen to our podcast interview with Paige More, founder of The Breasties


National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week - Last Week of September


Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Read this good news story about how Instagram-famous “Doug the Pug” gives back to kids with cancer

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Awareness Month

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Pain Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

Microplastic Awareness Month



World Hospice and Palliative Care Day - Second Saturday of October

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day - October 13th

National Mammography Day - Third Friday of October

Read about Senator Amy Klobuchar’s mission to ensure women don’t skip their mammograms (like she did)


Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week - Third Week of October


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Liver Cancer Awareness Month



World Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Day (NET Cancer Day) - November 10th

World Pancreatic Cancer Day - Third Thursday of November

Giving Tuesday - First Tuesday after Thanksgiving

Consider giving to cancer-related nonprofits on Giving Tuesday (and explore more ideas) and share these Giving Tuesday quotes


National Carcinoid Cancer Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

National Family Caregivers Month

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

National Marrow Awareness Month

National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Read about famous veterinarians making a difference



World AIDS Day - December 1st

Explore good news about HIV/AIDS progress and ways to make a difference


National Influenza Vaccination Week - First Week of December

Is this list missing a holiday or awareness week/month? Let us know. We want to ensure this list is comprehensive and inclusive.

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