Every year numerous health awareness events are organised in the UK and internationally, drawing attention to different health issues. You can take part by organising an event that highlights the role of pathology in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
22–28 January: Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is an initiative lead by the European Cervical Cancer Association (ECCA) to promote cervical screening and raise awareness of the disease.
16 – 22 January: Macmillan Cancer talk Week
Macmillan Cancertalk Week encourages adults affected by cancer to voice their concerns. Why not organise an event highlighting the importance of pathology in cancer diagnosis and treatment?
4 February: World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day is an initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic, raise our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease.
Throughout February: National Heart Month
National Heart Month is organised by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and aims to encourage people to pay attention to their hearts, and their heart health – the perfect opportunity to hightlight the role of pathologists in supporting patients with heart disease.
3–9 March: Endometriosis Awareness Week
Endometriosis is a condition where cells like the ones in the lining of the womb are found elsewhere in the body. Why not organise an event to raise awareness of the role pathology plays in uterine health?
8 March: International Women's Day
You can use International Women's Day to showcase inspirational female pathologists, past and present, and to encourage young women to consider a career in pathology.
9–18 March: British Science Week
Formerly National Science & Engineering Week (NSEW), British Science Week focuses on engaging young people on the subject of science. Don't forget to check out our resources for running activities with children and teens.
Throughout March: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, and is a great time to showcase the role pathologists take in prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
31 March–15 April: Edinburgh International Science Festival
Europe's largest public celebration of science and technology. The festival features around 130 events for adults and children, including hands-on activities, workshops, shows and demonstrations.
17 April: World Haemophilia Day
World Haemphilia Day focuses on the care and treatment of blood disorders, and is a good time to highlight the management of blood-related disorders.
2 May: World Asthma Day
World Asthma Day is organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) in collaboration with health care groups and asthma educators to raise awareness about asthma and improve asthma care throughout the world.
31 May: World No Tobacco Day
World No Tobacco Day is organised by the World Health Organization and aims to encourage governments and countries to work towards more strict regulation of tobacco products.
In June (date TBC): Cervical Screening Awareness Week
Cervical Screening Awareness Week is a UK wide initiative lead by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. The week aims to raise awareness of the importance of cervical cancer screening (smear test) and encourage more women to attend this five minute test, which could save a life. Help spread the word about the role of pathology in cervical screening.
14 June: World Blood Donor Day
Try organising an event focusing on blood donation and transfusion of World Blood Donor Day, which commemorates the birthdate of the father of modern blood transfusion, Dr Karl Landsteiner.
In July (date TBC): National Transplant Week
National Transplant Week encourages people to talk about organ and tissue donation for transplantation and to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register. If you want to organise an event in July, this is a great opportunity to talk about the role of pathology in organ donation.
There are currently no relevant health awareness days in August.
Throughout September: Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month
September marks Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month. Take part iby promoting the role of pathology in the diagnosis and treatment of the five gynaecological cancers: cervical, ovarian, vaginal, vulval and womb.
21 September: Jeans for Genes Day
Jeans for Genes Day encourages people to wear jeans for the day and make a donation to raise funds for research into the causes, treatments and cures for genetic disorders which affect children. Why not organise an event looking at genetic disorders?
21 September: World Alzheimer's Day
For September, try planning an event looking at diseases that impair cognitive function for World Alzheimer's Day.
29 September: World Heart Day
World Heart Day promotes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in preventing heart disease. Why not organise an event looking at how a healthy diet can help to prevent heart disease?
Throughout October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of breast cancer, which affects around one in nine British women. Fundraising events nationwide include colour-themed 'Pink Parties' and 'Wear It Pink Day'. 'Pink Friday' takes place every Friday in October.
5–11 November: National Pathology Week
National Pathology Week (NPW) is a week-long celebration run by the College, highlighting the important contribution pathologists make to healthcare through a programme of events aimed at people of all ages.
14 November: International Pathology Day
International Pathology Day (IPD) was established by the College in 2014 in partnership with a number of pathology and laboratory medicine institutions across the globe to recognise and celebrate the contribution and important role played by pathology and laboratory medicine services in addressing global health challenges and improving the health outcomes of communities around the world.
18 November: European Antibiotic Awareness Day
European Antibiotic Awareness Day raises awareness and encourages the responsible use of antibiotics to ensure that they remain effective for future generations. Antibiotic resistance is an everyday problem in all hospitals across England and Europe. The spread of resistant bacteria in hospitals is a major issue for patients' safety. Why not take part by highlighting the role pathology plays in ensuring the effective use of antibiotics.
1 December: World AIDs Day
World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.