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Medical Awareness Months 2024

By: Jessica MousseauDiversity Calendar
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Medical Awareness Months 2024

Looking for Medical Awareness Months 2024? Find out different healthcare awareness months throughout the year.

All year long, there are health observances and medical awareness months that give the public important information like risk factors or symptoms of certain medical conditions. They help raise awareness about important health topics throughout the year. During these months, you also can learn about ways to support those living with these diseases.

January Health Awareness Events

Thyroid Awareness Month

Nearly one in ten people live with a thyroid disorder and over half of those with a thyroid disorder in America haven’t been diagnosed yet. Learn how important the thyroid is for health and how to prevent thyroid disease.

Glaucoma Awareness Month

This month, we raise awareness about glaucoma, a group of eye diseases that can lead to both vision loss and blindness. Having regular eye exams is important for preserving your eyesight in a preventive way.

Cervical Cancer Health Awareness Month

Cervical cancer is extremely preventable with regular screenings and HPV vaccinations. The goal of this medical awareness month is to teach people how to take proactive steps toward their health.

February Healthcare Observances

Low Vision Awareness Month

Visual impairments affect millions of Americans, which makes daily tasks difficult. Low vision occurs when even corrective lenses or contacts fail to help someone see well. This leading cause of vision loss includes cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma.

National Children’s Dental Health Month

This month-long health observance discusses the benefits of good oral health for children. Tooth decay is the most common childhood chronic disease, yet it is entirely preventable.

American Heart Month

This month’s awareness campaign hopes to save women’s lives by helping them beat heart disease. It is a leading killer of Americans and also is a leading cause of death for the world. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, and quitting smoking are all good ways to help prevent the development of this disease.

March Health Calendar Events

Pregnancy After Loss Awareness Month

March is dedicated to supporting those who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss. Help raise awareness about the challenges associated with this traumatic event. It is a great time to share stories and to provide resources to those in need from a supportive community who understands the pain associated with pregnancy after loss.

Endometriosis Awareness Month

This chronic disease where endometrial tissues grow outside of the uterus can be debilitating for many women. Nearly 1 in 10 women have this disease that has no known cure. This month, learn about the symptoms of endometriosis to help get a diagnosis.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is a time to increase understanding about different developmental disabilities. Throughout the month, take time to learn more about different campaigns that help promote inclusion and acceptance for all employees, including those living with a developmental disability.

Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month

Deep-Vein Thrombosis or DVT affects two Million Americans annually, however many know nothing about it. Learning its signs can help save lives as an untreated one can lead to a pulmonary embolism, a fatal complication.

Brain Injury Awareness Month

Led by the Brain Injury Association each year in March, this campaign provides a helpful platform for educating the public about traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Concussions are a common TBI and can have a lasting impact on someone’s health and life.

April Healthcare Awareness Events

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral cancer is entirely curable when diagnosed early. This month, learn about the importance of regular dental exams that look for early signs of oral cancer that can save your life.

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Spread awareness about the importance of being tested so diagnosis can occur sooner for all cancers, including testicular. While rare, it is very treatable and self-exams help to catch problems early. This makes treatment easier.

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

The #Take6ForPD campaign teaches the public about symptoms of the disease and how to improve the lives of those living with the disease.

STD Awareness Month

Many people have STDs without knowing, as they often don’t have any symptoms. When left untreated, they can lead to serious health problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease, which causes infertility.

May Health Calendar Events

ALS Awareness Month

May raises awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This progressive neurodegenerative disease affects muscle functioning and the motor neurons, which allows us to speak, move, swallow and breathe.

Mental Health Awareness Month

This annual healthcare campaign discusses different mental health issues and the importance of mental health care and support. Its main goal is to reduce the stigma associated with talking openly about mental health struggles and providing helpful resources to help those in need.

Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Learn about the importance of early detection of melanoma and skin cancers and prevention tips. Sun safety teaches about SPF, when to reapply sunscreen, and the risks associated with UV exposure.

Better Hearing & Speech Month

With initiatives from audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and other healthcare professionals, this medical awareness month provides a platform for better understanding about challenges associated with communication.

June Healthcare Calendar Observances

Scoliosis Awareness Month

Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine, a spinal disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It affects someone’s mobility and quality of life. Early detection is key for patients and families.

National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

Migraines affect one in seven adults worldwide. Learn about the causes of different headaches and their impact on your health when left unresolved in June.

Cataract Awareness Month

The leading cause of blindness in the world can easily be treated with surgery, which restores vision. Learn about cataract symptoms and risk factors for developing a degenerative eye disease. Regular eye exams help detect eye issues early on when treatment is less invasive.

July Medical Awareness Events

UV Safety Month

This annual healthcare campaign teaches about the importance of protecting the eyes and skin from harmful UV rays. Learn about precautions to take to protect yourself like wearing sunscreen and protective clothing to help reduce eye conditions and skin cancer.

Cord Blood Awareness Month

Cord blood banking is a safe way to store the blood and tissue of your child’s umbilical cord. Parents can do this with a public or private bank. Public ones are free and help to save children and families in need.

August Healthcare Observances

Neurosurgery Awareness Month

Learn about the neurosurgeons who both diagnose and treat nervous system disorders in August.

National Immunization Awareness Month

The importance of vaccinations is apartment. In August, learn more about necessary immunizations for yourself and your family.

Gastroparesis Awareness Month

This chronic medical condition causes delayed emptying of the stomach into the small intestine. This month, learn how to provide support to people living with gastroparesis.

September Medical Awareness Events

National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that causes red blood cells to change shape and break down. This can lead to restricted blood flow and pain. Fatigue and chronic infections are also two common symptoms.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

By 2040, the Global Cancer Observatory reports that the number of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will rise by 42%. This makes this monthly healthcare campaign that much more important. Learn about the early symptoms and testing that can help save lives this month.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Childhood obesity is common in America with one in five kids being obese. Promote a healthy lifestyle for children and their families this month. Childhood obesity puts these kids at risk for other comorbidities in the future like Type II diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is a condition that causes irregular periods, high testosterone levels leading to hair growth, and polycystic ovaries that are full of fluid-filled sacs around your eggs. This serious genetic metabolic and hormone and reproductive disorder is the leading cause of infertility in the world.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is a time to learn about pediatric cancers and how to offer support to families affected by them. Ongoing research hopes to one day help us find a cure for cancer.

October Healthcare Observances

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Down Syndrome Awareness Month focuses on the genetic condition that is caused by an extra chromosome 21. It hopes to promote a more inclusive society that values diversity of all kinds. Help provide support to those living with Down Syndrome and their families in October.

National Physical Therapy Month

Celebrate the physical therapists who help transform society by restoring and improving motion in children and adults worldwide.

National Dental Hygiene Month

This month, learn about what impacts your oral health and how to prevent tooth decay and other oral health issues from developing.

ADHD Awareness Month

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects people of all ages. This month, learn about the challenges these individuals face both at work and in society to better understand how to support the community.

November Healthcare Events

National Diabetes Awareness Month

Shed light on the impact of diabetes on millions of Americans this November. While over 29 million people are diagnosed, nearly 8 more are undiagnosed. Living with untreated diabetes can lead to damage all over your body, including your heart, kidneys, and eyes. Learn how to be screened for diabetes today.

National Eye Donation Month

November is a great time to commit to becoming an eye donor which helps support those who have vision loss to see again after your passing.

National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

Raise awareness about this high-quality end-of-life care that supports families and patients living with a life-limiting disease.

Learn More About Medical Awareness Months 2024

Each month, take some time to learn about important healthcare observances and medical awareness months. This helps you to better understand those around you and be a pillar of support. To learn about other important healthcare events, view our Healthcare Calendar 2024. Subscribe to our online Healthcare Calendar, a powerful DEI tool for healthcare organizations, with a free trial.

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