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.
23–29 January: Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
Organised by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. During Cervical Cancer Prevention Week the aim is for as many people as possible to know how they can reduce their risk of the disease and to educate others.
See the College's Screening on the Agenda page for more information about screening, including cervical cancer screening and bowel cancer screening.
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.
College resources about cancer include:
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.
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.
10–19 March: British Science Week
British Science Week focuses on engaging young people with grassroots events and activities. It is a great opportunity to highlight pathology and the science behind it. Don't forget to check out our resources for running activities with children and teens.
13–19 March: Healthcare Science Week
Healthcare Science Week is is a fantastic opportunity for your organisation to promote and raise awareness of the many science careers, pathways and development opportunities available in the health sector.
Throughout April: Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Bowel Cancer UK aims to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer. Pathologists play a vital role in the team who support those with bowel cancer. Bowel Cancer UK are shining a light on the people in the life of those with bowel cancer who help them along the way – and are calling on their supporters to join #TeamBowelCancer this April.
The College has activity resources called 'What does your poo say about you?' that can be used to start conversations with a variety of audience groups about the important role of screening programmes, and the work of pathologists.
Throughout April: National Pet Month
National Pet Month aims to promote responsible pet ownership and offers an opportunity to highlight the vital role veterinary pathologists play in preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases in domestic animals. Find out how to become a veterinary pathologist, check out our video of an interview with veterinary pathologist Alex Civello and download our dog-breeding activity resource, Paws for Thought.
23–29 April: European Immunisation Week
The WHO European Region celebrates European Immunization Week (EIW) every year to raise awareness of the importance of immunisation in preventing diseases and protecting life. The College has a number of public engagement activities related to immunisation including Blossom the Cow and Give it a Shot.
5 May: World Hand Hygiene Day
This is the World Health Organisation's annual call to action to health workers about the importance of hand hygiene for infection control. This year they are targeting nurses and midwives in particular as part of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Medical microbiologists play a vital role in infection control in hospitals; read about their work in our careers section and watch our interview with medical microbiologist, Dr Shanika Crusz.
15–21 May: Mental Health Awareness Week
The Mental Health Foundation coordinates this annual awareness week, which this year focuses on sleep and its link to mental health. The College commissions blogs on a number of themes related to mental health of its members and will be sharing these widely as part of this annual week of activity.
1–7 June: National Volunteers' Week
National Volunteers' Week is coordinated by the NCVO to say thank you for the enormous contribution volunteers make. Hundreds of volunteers are involved in the work of the College including our Committees, our Regional Councils, and our public engagement volunteers.
5 June: World Environment Day
Run by the UN World Environment Programme, World Environment Day aims to encourage action to protect our environment. This year the focus is on celebrating biodiversity. The College has a Sustainability Committee whose aim is to promote environmentally sustainable practices amongst both members and staff.
12–18 June: Diabetes Week
Coordinated by Diabetes UK, Diabetes Week aims to increase public understanding of diabetes and to support research on this condition, which affects 1 in 15 of us in the UK. Watch our video about the work of a Consultant Clinical Scientist, Joanne Morris, whose work helps people with diabetes monitor and manage their condition.
14 June: World Blood Donor Day
This annual global event aims to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. Haematologists play a vital role in ensuring blood transfusions are carried out safely. Watch our interview with Consultant Haematologist, Dr Emma Drasar.
19 June: World Sickle Cell Day
The international awareness day is observed annually to increase public knowledge and an understanding of sickle cell disease, and the challenges experienced by patients, their families, and caregivers. Haematologists support sickle cell patients throughout their lives, and the College has a free downloadable activity pack about how genetic inheritance of this condition called 'Split your Genes'.
19–25 June: National Pathology Week
National Pathology Week is our annual celebration of pathology, when we highlight the important contribution pathologists make to healthcare. Working in partnership with pathologists and laboratory scientists across the UK, our programme of events and activities aims to engage people of all ages, and improve public awareness and understanding of how pathologists and scientists diagnose disease. The theme in 2023 is 'Pathologist and Patients'. We provide a wide range of free resources and support for event organisers.
We're not currently supporting any specific awareness campaigns in July. The College will share news of new resources for event organisers planning ahead.
We're not currently supporting any specific awareness campaigns in August. The College will share news of new resources for event organisers planning ahead.
Throughout September: Blood Cancer Awareness Month
Supported by charities including Bloodwise and Anthony Nolan to raise awareness of how to improve treatments for blood cancer and increase the number of lives saved. Watch our video about a woman with myeloma and about the role played by immunologists and haematologists in her diagnosis and treatment.
17 September: World Patient Safety Day
Coordinated by the World Health Organisation to promote global solidarity and concerted action by all countries and international partners to show their commitment to patient safety. The College has developed a range of resources on patient safety awareness.
Throughout October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Now coordinates this annual awareness campaign in the UK. Find out the vital role histopathologists play in diagnosing breast cancer by watching our interview with consultant histopathologist, Dr Mark Howard, and our 'Journey of a biopsy' video.
4 October: World Animal Day
Organised by the Naturewatch Foundation to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. A chance to find out about the vital work of veterinary pathologists in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease in a wide range of animals.
10 October: World Mental Health Day
As part of our work in supporting pathologists maintain good mental health we have commissioned a professional development blog series by Dr Chris Tiplady, Director of Education at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. In his post, he shares advice on how to get through more challenging days as a medical professional.
November: International Pathology Day
International Pathology Day was established in 2014 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.