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. 



21 – 27 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.


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.


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. 

8–17 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. 

8-17 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 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. 


11 April: World Parkinson's Day
Parkinson's Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease and focuses on people who have recently been diagnosed with the condition.

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. 


7 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.


10–16 June: 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.


1–7 July: National Childhood Obesity Week
National Childhood Obesity Week is an initiative by The National Obesity Forum (NOF) and MEND that focuses on highlighting child obesity issues.


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.

20 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?


19 October: Wear It Pink Day
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 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.

14 November: World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.

17-24 November: National HIV Testing Week

National HIV Testing Week (NHTW) is a flagship campaign to promote regular testing among the most affected population groups and to reduce the rates of undiagnosed people and those diagnosed late.