Cancer Awareness Dates

The cancer awareness dates found on this page are officially recognized annually as a national or international awareness date or observance. Please note, this list is to raise awareness and share information; it is not a comprehensive list of all cancer awareness dates. If you are aware of any national or international awareness dates or observances, please let us know at

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Cervical Health Awareness Month


National Cancer Prevention Month

February 4, 2021 - World Cancer Day

February 14, 2021 - National Donor Day

February 28, 2021 – Rare Disease Day


National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Myeloma Awareness Month

Kidney Cancer Awareness Month

    March 4, 2021 – International HPV Awareness Day

    March 8, 2021 – International Women’s Day

    March 11, 2021 - World Kidney Day

    March 16, 2021 - Kick Butts Day


      Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

      National Cancer Control Month

      National Minority Cancer Awareness Month

      National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

        National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week

            Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

            April 7, 2021 – World Health Day



            Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

            Brain Tumor Awareness Month

            National Cancer Research Month

            National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

            May 3, 2021 - Melanoma Monday

            Oncology Nursing Month

              May 8, 2021 - World Ovarian Cancer Day

              May 9-15, 2021 - Women’s Health Week

              May 12, 2021 - Women's Check-Up Day

              May 31, 2021 - World No-Tobacco Day


              Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month

              Cancer Survivors Month

              June 6, 2021 - National Cancer Survivors Day

              June 14-20, 2021 - Men's Health Week

              June 17, 2021 - World Kidney Cancer Day

               June 17 – 23, 2021 - National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week


              UV Safety Month

              Sarcoma and Bone Cancer Awareness Month

              July 13, 2021 – GIST Awareness Day

              July 22, 2021 - Glioblastoma Awareness Day


              Appendix Cancer Awareness Month

              National Immunization Awareness Month

              August 1, 2021 - World Lung Cancer Day

              The Mayor of Chicago has declared August World Cancer Support Month



              Blood Cancer Awareness Month

              National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

              Pain Awareness Month

              Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

              Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

              September 21, 2021 - Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day

              September 24, 2021 - World Cancer Research Day

              September 29 - October 5, 2021 - National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week



              National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

              Liver Cancer Awareness Month

              October 9, 2021 - World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

              October 13, 2021 - Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

              October 15, 2021 - National Mammography Day

              October 17-23, 2021 - National Health Quality Week



              Carcinoid Cancer Awareness 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

                November 10, 2021 - World Neuroendocrine Tumor Awareness Day (NET Cancer Day)

                November 18, 2021 - Great American Smokeout

                November 19, 2021 - World Pancreatic Cancer Day


                December 1, 2021 - World AIDS Day

                December 5-11,2021  - National Influenza Immunization Week