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

January

Days

No specific cancer awareness days in January

Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month

February

Days

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

Months

National Cancer Prevention Month

American Heart Month

Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month

March

Days

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

Months

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Myeloma Action Month

Kidney Cancer Awareness Month

April

Days

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

Weeks

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

Months

Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

National Cancer Control Month

National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

May

Days

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

Months

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

June

Days

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

Week

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

Months

Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month

Cancer Survivors Month

Read about how cancer deaths are rapidly decreasing

July

Days

GIST Awareness Day - July 13th

National Leimyosarcoma Day - July 15th

Glioblastama Awareness Day - Third Wednesday of July

Months

UV Safety Awareness Month

Sarcoma and Bone Cancer Awareness Month

August

Days

World Lung Cancer Day - August 1st

National Surgical Oncologist Day - August 22nd

Read about other inspiring frontline heroes

Months

Appendix Cancer Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month

World Cancer Support Month

September

Days

World Lymphoma Awareness Day - September 15th

World Cancer Research Day - September 24th

National Previvor Day - Last Wednesday of September

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

Weeks

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

Months

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

October

Days

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)

Weeks

Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week - Third Week of October

Months

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Liver Cancer Awareness Month

November

Days

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

Months

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

December

Days

World AIDS Day - December 1st

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

Weeks

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.