Fall is here and it’s another action packed month on the awareness event scene. Learn about some of the big events happening during October and follow the links to find out more about the weeks and months of interest to you.

October Awareness Months

Breast Cancer Awareness Month


This campaign endeavors to increase international awareness about breast cancer, along with support for early detection, treatment and palliative care for breast cancer patients. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women with the American Cancer Society estimating 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year. For men, the estimate of new cases is 2,670.

Liver Cancer Awareness Month


Liver cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer and it is on the rise. The American Cancer Society estimates that 31,780 people will die from liver cancer in the United States this year alone, which is why raising awareness of the risks and symptoms of liver cancer is paramount during Liver Cancer Awareness Month.

Healthy Lung Month


The American Lung Association’s mission is to prevent lung disease and improve lung health for everyone in our communities. Get involved during Healthy Lung Month to help raise awareness about the importance of lung health.

Down Syndrome Awareness Month


October is dedicated not only to raising awareness of Down syndrome, but celebrating the abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. “It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities.” – NDSS Goodwill Ambassador, Chris Burke.

International School Library Month


International School Library Month encourages school library leaders around the world to celebrate what makes libraries great. This year’s theme is “Let’s Imagine” explores the link between school libraries and the imagination.

International Walk To School Month


International Walk to School Month is a chance for communities to celebrate the benefits of walking, and to advocate for safety, healthier habits and environmental conservation. There are many reasons walkers around the world choose to take part – learn more about how and why communities are walking to school in October at the IWTSM website.

Eye Injury Prevention Month

More than 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented by taking the right safety precautions, and Eye Injury Prevention Month is dedicated to sharing that message throughout the month.

October Awareness Weeks

October 4 – 10:  World Space Week

The largest space event on earth! This week is an international celebration of the contributions of space science and technology with this year’s theme, “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.”

October 26 – November 2:  International Brain Tumor Awareness Week


Organized by the International Brain Tumor Alliance, IBTA Week is dedicated to increasing awareness about brain tumors. Learn more about what you can do to get involved via the link above.

October Awareness Days & Holidays

October 1:      World Vegetarian Day

October 4:      World Dyslexia Awareness Day, World Animal Day, World Smile Day, National Taco Day, No Disposable Cup Day

October 5:      International Astronomy Day, World Teachers Day

October 7:      World Habitat Day, Child Heath Day

October 10:    World Mental Health Day, World Sight Day

October 11:    International Day of the Girl Child, National Coming Out Day, World Egg Day

October 12:    World Hospice and Palliative Care

October 15:    Global Hand Washing Day, National Latino Aids Awareness Day, White Cane Safety Day, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (PAILRD) 

October 16:    World Food Day, Restart A Heart Day

October 17:    Conflict Resolution Day

October 18:    Wear It Pink

October 20:    World Osteoporosis Day

October 22:    International Stammering Awareness Day

October 23:    SUDEP Action Day

October 31:    Halloween