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National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month was first recognized in 2002 and is observed every January. It was introduced in 1999 as a House Concurrent Resolution by Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-Calif.) and as a Senate Resolution by Sen. Connie Mack III (R-Fla.).

Cervical cancer, caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), can be prevented with a vaccine. See Cancer Health’s Cervical Cancer Basics page and our news and information about cervical cancer. Learn more about the cervical cancer community from the National Cervical Cancer Coalition.


National Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month raises awareness of these less common cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, about 12,300 people are diagnosed with gallbladder cancer about 8,000 people are diagnosed with bile duct cancer—also known as cholangiocarcinoma—every year. World Cholangiocarcinoma Day is an international campaign observed every February 12.

See Cancer Health’s Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Basics page and our news and information about gallbladder cancer and bile duct cancer. Learn more about the gallbladder and bile duct community from the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation and these and related cancers from the Bili Project.

National Cancer Prevention Month was first observed in 2004 after the passage of Senate Resolution 252 in 2003. It was introduced by Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.) to encourage communities across the country to “take this opportunity to educate one another on the steps they can take to prevent cancer.”

Cancer prevention can include making lifestyle changes like reducing your sun exposure and stopping smoking; public health campaigns like increasing access to the HPV vaccine; and getting regular, recommended cancer screenings.

World Cancer Day is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control. It was first observed in 2000. Every February 4, advocates around the world unite to raise public awareness of cancer, with long-term goals including improving treatment and survival rates. Learn more about World Cancer Day goals and this year’s campaign on the WCD site.


Kidney Cancer Awareness Month was first introduced in Congress by Rep. Thaddeus McCotter in 2007, and again in 2011. It is observed by groups like the Kidney Cancer Association every March. World Kidney Day, which began in 2006, is observed on the second Thursday in March every year. Prevent most common conditions by visiting

The most common form of kidney cancer is renal cell carcinoma, which accounts for about 80% of kidney cancer diagnoses. It’s estimated that over 63,000 people are diagnosed with kidney cancer annually, the majority (over 42,000) of them men. African Americans are also slightly more likely to develop kidney cancer. See Cancer Health’s Kidney Cancer Basics page and our news and information about kidney cancer. Learn more about the kidney cancer community from the Kidney Cancer Association and the Kidney Cancer Research Alliance.

Myeloma Awareness Month was first observed in the U.S. as part of National Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma Awareness Month in September 2005. In 2009, the International Myeloma Foundation first recognized March as Myeloma Awareness Month, later renaming its campaign Myeloma Action Month. The U.S. Congress first recognized March as Myeloma Awareness Month in 2014.

Multiple myeloma is a rare blood cancer that affects bone marrow. The American Cancer Society estimates that around 32,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year. Most people diagnosed with multiple myeloma are age 65 or older, and it disproportionately affects African Americans. See Cancer Health’s Multiple Myeloma Basics page and our news and information about multiple myeloma. Learn more about the mutiple myeloma community from the International Myeloma Foundation.

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month was first proclaimed by President Bill Clinton in 2000. It is observed every March to educate people about colorectal cancer prevention and treatment.

Colorectal cancer, which includes cancers of the colon and the rectum, is the third most common cancer in the U.S., with the American Cancer Society reporting over 95,000 new cases annually. It is most prevalent among people over 50. Today, colorectal cancer is often detected at earlier stages thanks to widespread screening. See Cancer Health’s Colon Cancer Basics page and our news and information about colorectal cancer. Learn more about the colorectal cancer community from the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and Fight Colorectal Cancer, a healthy diet can help you to prevent this kind of cancer, try out nutrisystem.

Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Day was established in 2013 and is observed every March 3 to call attention to this less common but more aggressive type of breast cancer. Triple-negative breast cancer accounts for 15 to 20 percent of all breast cancer diagnoses. It does not have three types of receptors that make breast cancer susceptible to commonly used treatments. It is diagnosed at higher rates in premenopausal women, Black women and women with BRCA gene mutations.

Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and Joan Lunden became awareness advocates following their diagnoses with this type of cancer type. See Cancer Health’s news and information about triple-negative breast cancer. Learn more about the triple-negative breast cancer community from the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation and Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

International HPV Awareness Day is a campaign by the International Papillomavirus Society to educate the public about human papillomavirus (HPV), its link to certain cancers and the vaccine that prevents it. IHPV Awareness Day was first observed in 2018 and takes place every March 4. HPV, one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, can cause cervical, anal, genital and oral cancers. Infection can be prevented with a vaccine.