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Unveiling the Colors: Decoding the Symbolism of Cancer Ribbons (Part 2)

Continuing on our journey to understanding how cancer ribbons have evolved to show their support for those with cancer or to spread awareness about the condition. There are many different types of cancer ribbons, each with its symbolic color.


In this second part of the article, we list 13 cancer ribbon colors and their purposes.


Image Credit: Hesti Pranowo | Alamy Stock Vector
Image Credit: Hesti Pranowo | Alamy Stock Vector


  • Type of Cancer: Appendix

  • Band Color: Amber


Appendix Cancer, a rare form of cancer occurs when cells in the appendix change and grow significantly. Appendix Cancer deserves more attention than other cancers since it is an uncommon kind,  hence its association with an uncommon color.




  • Type of Cancer: Pancreatic

  • Band Color: Purple

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Image Credit: 969910030 @Chinnapong | istockphoto

Early-stage pancreatic cancer can be challenging to identify. The daughter of a pancreatic cancer sufferer named Rose Schinder, who had passed away unexpectedly while battling the disease, chose the color purple to represent pancreatic cancer. She inspired the creation of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, which provides support and education for those dealing with the disease.


  • Type of Cancer: Cervical

  • Band Color: Teal and White 


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Image Credit: 1167951224@Oleh Svetiukha | istockphoto

Globally, cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women, and about 99.7% of cervical cancer cases are caused by persistent genital high-risk Human Papillomavirus  (HPV) infection. Cervical cancer is curable when detected early and treated promptly. Even in later stages, effective management and care can make a difference. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to spreading awareness about the importance of screening for cervical cancer and HPV vaccination.



  • Type of Cancer: Non-Hodgkins lymphoma

  • Band Color: Lime-green


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Image Credit: 1146111715@:irkus | istockphoto

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the lymph system and can be indolent or aggressive. Indolent lymphoma tends to grow and spread slowly and has few signs and symptoms. Aggressive lymphoma grows and spreads quickly, and has signs and symptoms that can be severe. (5)



  • Type of Cancer: Carcinoid Tumors

  • Band Color: Zebra print


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Image Credit: 286319260@irkus | AdobeStock

Another unusual cancer that frequently develops in the lungs, small intestine, and bronchial tracts is carcinoid cancer. Carcinoid tumors are cancerous but have been called cancer in slow motion because if you have a carcinoid tumor, you may have it for many years and never know it. In rare cases, usually after a carcinoid tumor has spread, it can cause symptoms called carcinoid syndrome. People frequently show no signs until cancer becomes life-threatening.

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Image Credit: 305603342@Julia | AdobeStock

  • Type of Cancer: Multiple myeloma

  • Band Color: Burgundy


Plasma cells are impacted by the malignancy known as multiple myeloma. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS)Trusted Source, the number of new cases of multiple myeloma in 2022 exceeded 34,000. March is Myeloma Awareness Month, during which individuals and groups work to raise awareness and funds for research. 




  • Type of Cancer: Kidney

  • Band Color: Orange


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Image Credit: 1209424711 @Viktoriia Lange | istockphoto

Kidney cancer is currently the 13th most common type of cancer and is becoming a serious health concern. Every year, it is the reason behind 1.8 lakh deaths. One in 600 women and one in 442 men in India alone are at high risk of developing kidney cancer. Additionally, data indicates that men are more likely than women to contract the illness.


The yearly incidence of kidney cancer in India is 16,861 with a 5-year prevalence of 2.84/ 100,000 population. However, mortality rates in developing countries like India are higher as compared to those in developed countries. Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) accounts for 3% of all adult cancers and 85% of all kidney tumors. The incidence of RCC is lower in Asian regions, particularly in India, probably due to a lack of reporting. March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month.(6)


  • Type of Cancer: Childhood

  • Band Color: Gold


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Image Credit: 1267044935 @SewcreamStudio | iStockPhoto

Every year, over 3 lakh children are diagnosed with Cancer all over the world. In India, nearly more than 50,000 new childhood cancer cases occur every year. The symbol for all children's malignancies is a gold ribbon. Throughout the year, organizations like the American Childhood Cancer Organisation run campaigns to raise money and bring attention to the plight of children with cancer. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.


For more information on Childhood Cancer in India & More - Read Here 


  • Type of Cancer: Ovarian

  • Band Color: Teal 


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Image Credit: Uazzal Hossain | Vecteezy

Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common malignancy among all women, according to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.  Ovarian cancer affects 1 in 78 women throughout their lifetimes. Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is in September. World Ovarian Cancer Day, which is observed on May 8th, encourages individuals to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.


Image Credit: 1337266440 @Elena Merkulova | istockphoto
Image Credit: 1337266440 @Elena Merkulova | istockphoto
  • Type of Cancer: Prostate

  • Band Color: Light Blue


According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Regular screening starting at age 50 may aid in the early detection of prostate cancer and prevent major consequences. During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September, organizations encourage routine screening and assist in raising money for the research of new therapies.


  • Type of Cancer: Testicular

  • Band Color: Light Purple 


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Image Credit: 1903944850@Phongphan | Shutterstock

According to the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation, testicular cancer is the most common malignancy among men between the ages of 15 and 44.

Regular self-examination is a crucial technique for detecting this kind of cancer in its early stages. April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. (6) 




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Image Credit: @vadi_fuoco | Freepik
  • Type of Cancer: Liver

  • Band Color: Emerald Green


For cancer-related deaths, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is expected to rank third by 2030. Male-to-female ratios for HCC in India are 4:1, and the age of presentation varies from 40 to 70 years. Age-adjusted incidence rates for HCC in India range from 4 to 7.5 and 1.2 to 2.2 per 100,000 population per year, respectively. During October, which is Liver Cancer Awareness Month, foundations and organizations work to increase testing awareness and funding for research.(6)