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. 

2017

January

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.

26th – 30th January - Macmillan Cancertalk Week
Macmillan Cancertalk Week encourages adults affected by cancer to voice their concerns. Want to organise an event in January, but don't want to use, why not organise an event highlighting the importance of pathology in cancer diagnosis and treatment?

National Obesity Awareness Week
National Obesity Awareness Week focuses on personal weight status and highlights the fact that nearly half of adults have an inaccurate picture of their own weight. Why not organise an event looking at the dangers of being overweight? In 2015, National Obesity Awareness Week will take place on 12th to 18th January.

BE LOUD! BE CLEAR! Week
BE LOUD! BE CLEAR! Week aims to raise funds and awareness of bowel cancer, the second biggest cancer killer in the UK. People are encouraged to have fun, get sponsored to wear loud clothing during the week, and talk out loud about the disease.

February

4th 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.

1st - 29th 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. Why not organise an event highlighting the role of pathology in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of heart disease?

March

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 this, and other conditions that affect women, and the role pathology plays in women's health?

8 March - International Women's Day
International Women's Day is a great opportunity to arrange events that highlight the role pathology in women's health and showcase inspirational female pathologists, past and present.

10-19 March - British Science Week
Formerly National Science & Engineering Week (NSEW), why not organise an event for British Science Week 2015 using the theme ‘Explore the Future’?

1-31 March - Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Why not organise an event highlighting the importance of pathology in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer?

April

1-16 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.

1 - 30 April - Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Just under 40,000 men and women are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every year, making it the third most common cancer. Why not organise an event to highlight the work of pathologists in cancer diagnosis, and raise awareness of the condition?

17 April - World Haemophilia Day
World Haemphilia Day focuses on the care and treatment of blood disorders. Why not organise an event looking at blood related disorders and the role pathology can play in diagnosis and treatment?

10-16 April - Parkinson's Awareness Week
Parkinson's Awareness Week aims to raise the profile of Parkinson's UK and focuses on people who have recently been diagnosed with the condition.

24 - 30 April - Allergy Awareness Week
Want to organise an event in April? Why not link in with other campaigns taking place in April, like Allergy Awareness Week?

May

5th 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.

31st 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.

June

10-16 June - National Blood Week
National Blood Week aims to recruit much-needed new donors and highlights the life-changing treatments and surgeries that donated blood helps to make possible.

12-18 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
World Blood Donor Day is an international day commemorating the birthdate of the father of modern blood transfusion, Dr Karl Landsteiner. Why not organise an event in June and highlight the role of pathology in blood donation and transfusion?

July

6th – 12th 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.

1st - 31st July - Sickle Cell Awareness Month
Sickle Cell Awareness Month aims to raise the profile of Sickle Cell Disorders. Why not organise an event highlighting the role of pathology in the diagnosis, treatment and management of blood disorders?

6th – 12th July - 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, but don't want to use, why not organise an event highlighting the importance of pathology in organ donation?

September

1st - 30th September - Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month
September marks Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month and you can take part in the celebration by promoting the role of pathology in the diagnosis and treatment of the five gynaecological cancers: cervical, ovarian, vaginal, vulval and womb.

18th 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. Want to organise and event in October, but don't want to use, why not organise an event looking at genetic disorders?

21st September - World Alzheimer's Day
World Alzheimer's Day observes and highlights the plight of people with dementia and the role of their carers. Want to organise an event in September, why not organise an event looking at conditions such as Alzheimers?

World Alzheimer's Month
Launched in September 2012, World Alzheimer's Month was introduced to enable national and local Alzheimer associations worldwide to extend the reach of their awareness programmes over a longer period of time.

29th 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?

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.

November

7th - 13th November - National Pathology Week
National Pathology Week (NPW) is a week-long celebration of pathology and the important contribution pathologists make to healthcare, through a programme of events aimed at people of all ages. The theme of NPW 2016 is Pathology: prevention, diagnosis, treatment.

14 November - World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day was initiated by the Brussels-based International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Want to organise an event in November, why not organise an event highlighting the importance of pathology in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions like diabetes?

19 - 25 November - Indoor Allergy Week
Indoor Allergy Week is an initiative by Allergy UK to draw attention to the plight of the allergy sufferer.

18th 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.