Have you ever heard of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)? How about Eating Disorder Awareness Week (the last week of February)? Maybe World Aids Day (December 1)?

Chances are you’re familiar with at least one of these well-known health awareness observances. But did you know the calendar is full of special months, weeks, and days that raise awareness for a variety of important health issues and conditions? They’re dates where people with certain health conditions, their loved ones, advocacy organizations, and support groups rally around a common cause: health. Educational, fundraising, and support events are often held during these times.

Here is a calendar of major health awareness months, weeks, and days:

january
  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month
  • National Radon Action Month
  • National Stalking Awareness Month
  • Thyroid Awareness Month
  • National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
  • National Folic Acid Awareness Week (first full week of January)
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (last week of January)
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  • American Heart Month
  • AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
  • African Heritage & Health Week (first week of February)
  • Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (February 7-14)
  • Condom Week (week of Valentine’s Day)
  • Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week (last week of February)
  • National "Wear Red” Day for women’s heart health (February 5)
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
  • World Cancer Day (February 4)
  • Give Kids a Smile Day (February 5)
  • National Donor Day (February 14)
march” class=
  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Endometriosis Awareness Month
  • National Kidney Month
  • Multiple Sclerosis Education Month (promoted by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and others)
  • National Nutrition Month
  • Save Your Vision Month
  • Sleep Awareness Month (promoted by the National Sleep Foundation)
  • Trisomy Awareness Month
  • Workplace Eye Wellness Month
  • National Athletic Training Month
  • Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 13-19)
  • National Sleep Awareness Week (March 6-13)
  • Brain Awareness Week (March 14-20)
  • National Poison Prevention Week (March 15-21)
  • Purple Day for epilepsy awareness (March 26)
  • National Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
  • National Cheerleader Safety Month
  • Problem Gambling Awareness Month
  • National School Breakfast Week (March 7-11)
  • National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10)
  • World Kidney Day (March 10)
  • National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 20)
  • American Diabetes Alert Day (March 24)
  • World Tuberculosis Day (March 24)
  • Tsunami Preparedness Week (March 27-April 2)
april” class=
  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • National Autism Awareness Month
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • National Donate Life Month
  • National Facial Protection Month
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month
  • National Minority Health Month
  • Occupational Therapy Month
  • National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month
  • STI Awareness Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month of Action
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Day of Action (April 5)
  • Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month
  • Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month
  • Oral Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Public Health Week (first full week of April)
  • Minority Cancer Awareness Week (second full week of April)
  • National Infertility Awareness Week (last full week of April)
  • Every Kid Healthy Week (last full week of April)
  • World Immunization Week (last week of April)
  • National Infant Immunization Week (April 12-23)
  • Air Quality Awareness Week (last week of April)
  • National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
  • National Interprofessional Health Care Month
  • National Youth Violence Prevention Week (April 3-9)
  • National Alcohol Screening Day (April 7)
  • World Health Day (April 7)
  • National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (April 10)
  • World Meningitis Day (April 24)
  • Every Kid Healthy Week (last week of April)
may” class=
  • American Stroke Awareness Month (promoted by the National Stroke Association)
  • Arthritis Awareness Month
  • National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
  • Better Hearing and Speech Month
  • National Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  • Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
  • Clean Air Month
  • Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
  • Healthy Vision Month
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month
  • Lupus Awareness Month (promoted by the Lupus Foundation of America)
  • National Mediterranean Diet Month
  • Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
  • Mental Health Month
  • National High Blood Pressure Education Month
  • Older Americans Month
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • National Physical Education and Sport Week (first full week of May)
  • National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
  • Preeclampsia Awareness Month
  • Ultraviolet Awareness Month
  • Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (first full week of May)
  • Food Allergy Awareness Week (second full week of May)
  • Food Allergy Action Month
  • National Women’s Health Week (begins on Mother’s Day)
  • National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week (begins on Mother’s Day)
  • National Neuropathy Awareness Week (second full week of May)
  • National Senior Health Fitness Day (last Wednesday of May)
  • World Autoimmune Arthritis Day (May 20)
  • Global Youth Traffic Safety Month
  • National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
  • National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
  • North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (first full week of May)
  • National Bike to School Day (May 4)
  • Hand Hygiene Day (May 5)
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 9-15)
  • National Neuropathy Awareness Week (May 12-16)
  • Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day (April 14)
  • HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (May 18)
  • National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (May 19)
  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 22-28)
  • Healthy and Safe Swimming Week (May 23-29)
  • Don’t Fry Day (May 27)
  • Heat Safety Awareness Day (May 27)
  • World No Tobacco Day (May 31)
june
  • Cataract Awareness Month
  • Fireworks Safety Month (June 1-July 4)
  • Hernia Awareness Month
  • Men’s Health Month
  • Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month
  • National Aphasia Awareness Month
  • National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
  • National Safety Month
  • National Scleroderma Awareness Month
  • Scoliosis Awareness Month (promoted by National Scoliosis Foundation and other scoliosis awareness foundations)
  • Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week (last week of June)
  • Men’s Health Week (second week of June)
  • National Cancer Survivors Day (first Sunday of June)
  • PTSD Awareness Month
  • Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
  • National Rip Current Awareness Week (June 5-11)
  • National Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 19-25)
  • World Sickle Cell Day (June 19)
july” class=
  • Cord Blood Awareness Month
  • International Group B Strep Throat Awareness Month
  • Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
  • National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
  • World Hepatitis Day (July 28)
august” class=
  • Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
  • National Breastfeeding Month
  • National Immunization Awareness Month
  • Psoriasis Awareness Month
  • World Breastfeeding Week (first week of August)
  • National Health Center Week (second full week of August)
  • Gastroparesis Awareness Month
  • Contact Lens Health Week (August 22-26)
september” class=
  • National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Food Safety Education Month
  • Fruit and Veggies—More Matters Month
  • Healthy Aging Month
  • National ITP Awareness Month
  • Blood Cancer Awareness Month (promoted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society)
  • National Cholesterol Education Month
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Recovery Month
  • National Sickle Cell Month
  • National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
  • National Yoga Awareness Month
  • Newborn Screening Awareness Month
  • Whole Grains Month
  • World Alzheimer’s Month
  • Sepsis Awareness Month
  • Usher Syndrome Awareness Day (third Saturday)
  • National Suicide Prevention Week (September 5-11)
  • World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10)
  • World Sepsis Day (September 13)
  • National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
  • National Preparedness Month
  • Pain Awareness Month
  • Sexual Health Awareness Month
  • Sports Eye Safety Month
  • National Celiac Disease Awareness Day (September 13)
  • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) Day (September 15)
  • National Farm Safety & Health Week (September 18-24)
  • National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (September 18)
  • Get Ready Day (September 20)
  • National School Backpack Awareness Day (September 21)
  • Falls Prevention Day (September 22)
  • Family Health and Fitness Day (September 24)
  • Malnutrition Awareness Week (September 26-30)
  • National Women’s Health and Fitness Day (September 28)
  • World Rabies Day (September 28)
  • World Heart Day (September 29)
  • Sport Purple for Platelets Day (September 30)
october” class=
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Eye Injury Prevention Month
  • Health Literacy Month
  • Healthy Lung Month
  • Home Eye Safety Month
  • National Physical Therapy Month
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
  • Spina Bifida Awareness Month (promoted by the Spina Bifida Association)
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week (first full week of October)
  • Bone and Joint Health National Action Week (October 12-20)
  • National Health Education Week (third full week of October)
  • International Infection Prevention Week (October 16-22)
  • Respiratory Care Week (last full week of October)
  • Red Ribbon Week (last week of October)
  • World Mental Health Day (October10)
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day (October 15)
  • National Bullying Prevention Month
  • National Dental Hygiene Month
  • National Medical Librarians Month
  • International Walk to School Day (October 5)
  • National Depression Screening Day (October 6)
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day (October 13)
  • National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (October 15)
  • World Food Day (October 16)
  • National Healthcare Quality Week (October 17-22)
  • National Health Education Week (October 17-21)
  • World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day (October 19)
  • International Stuttering Awareness Day (October 22)
  • Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31)
  • World Psoriasis Day (October 29)
november” class=
  • National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
  • American Diabetes Month
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month
  • Diabetic Eye Disease Month
  • National Epilepsy Awareness Month
  • National Family Caregivers Month
  • National Healthy Skin Month
  • National Hospice Palliative Care Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Month 
  • National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
  • Prematurity Awareness Month
  • GERD Awareness Week (Thanksgiving week)
  • Great American Smokeout (third Thursday of November)
  • World Prematurity Day (November 17)
  • Bladder Health Month
  • International Survivors of Suicide Day (November 19)
  • National Family Health History Day (November 24)
november” class=
  • Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week (December 1-7)
  • Safe Toys and Gifts Month
  • National Influenza Vaccination Week (first full week of December)
  • World AIDS Day (December 1)
  • National Handwashing Awareness Week (December 4-10)