Colors and Months for Cancer Ribbons

A Bright, Meaningful Way to Raise Awareness

Cancer ribbons are a great way to raise awareness, but sometimes people are embarrassed when they do not recognize a particular colored ribbon. The good news is that most people who wear ribbons are understanding if you don’t know which ribbon color goes with which cancer, as there are a lot. 

If you wish to familiarize yourself, here’s a list of cancer ribbons that are used to raise awareness for common cancers, as well as the awareness months some have associated with them.

Cancer-Related Ribbons Colors
Verywell / Brianna Gilmartin

Colors and Months for Cancer-Related Ribbons

A light purple or lavender ribbon is generally used to represent all cancers as a whole. Sometimes, instead, many different ribbons are combined together to represent all cancers.

Uncommon or rare cancers may be represented in a few ways—either with a light purple ribbon or a black and white zebra print ribbon. The zebra stands for a common saying in medicine: "When you hear hoofbeats, look for horses, not zebras." In a field of horses, you are most likely to see horses, but occasionally, you will spot a zebra.

Many who are living with cancer realize that "zebras" (rare cancers) occur as well, and when you add all of these uncommon and rare cancers together, they are actually quite common.

It's important to note that specific cancer may be represented by more than one ribbon color and that this can vary depending on where you live. Some ribbon colors also represent specific non-profit groups who advocate for a particular type of cancer. For example, a white or pearl ribbon is used to represent lung cancer, but turquoise is the color of an American Lung Association initiative.

In addition, there are months dedicated to certain types of cancer, also listed below. June is National Cancer Survivor Month.

Cancer Ribbons
Cancer Ribbon Month
All cancers Light purple (lavender)  
Appendix cancer Amber  
Bladder cancer Yellow, purple and navy blue May
Bone cancer Yellow July
Bone marrow transplant Green  
Brain cancer Gray May
Breast cancer Pink  
Breast cancer (inflammatory) Hot pink  
Breast cancer (hereditary) Teal and pink  
Breast cancer with gynecologic cancers Teal and pink  
Breast cancer (in men) Pink and blue October
Cancer survivor Lavender June
Carcinoid syndrome Black and white zebra stripes November
Caregiver Purple November
Cervical cancer Teal and white January
Childhood cancer Gold September
Colon cancer Dark blue March
Colorectal cancer Dark blue March
Endometrial cancer Peach  
Esophageal cancer Light purple/periwinkle April
Ewing's sarcoma Yellow July
Gallbladder/bile duct cancer Green February
Gastric (stomach) cancer Periwinkle blue November
Glioblastoma Gray  
Gynecological cancer  Purple September
Head and neck cancer Burgundy and ivory, or red and white April
Hodgkin lymphoma  Violet September
Kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma) Green or orange March
Laryngeal cancer Burgundy and white  
Leiomyosarcoma Purple July
Leukemia Orange September
Liver cancer Emerald or jade green October
Lung cancer Pearl, clear, or white November
Lymphedema Light blue  
Lymphoma (non-Hodgkin) Lime green September
Melanoma Black May
Mesothelioma Pearl  
Myeloma Burgundy March
Myeloproliferative diseases Orange and red  
Neuroendocrine cancers Black and white zebra-stripes November
Oral cancer Burgundy and white April
Osteosarcoma Yellow July
Ovarian cancer Teal September
Pancreatic cancer Purple November
Pharyngeal cancer Burgundy and white April
Prostate cancer Light blue September
Rare diseases (including rare cancers) Black and white zebra-stripes  
Rectal cancer Blue March
Retinoblastoma White  
Sarcoma Yellow July
Skin cancer Black May
Skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma Red and white May
Small intestine cancer periwinkle blue  
Testicular cancer Purple (orchid) April
Throat cancer Burgundy and white  
Thyroid cancer Blue, pink, and teal September
Uterine cancer Peach September
Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia Pearl  

A Word From Verywell

If you or a loved one has cancer, or you simply want to raise awareness for cancer (or all cancers), wearing a colored ribbon can be your first step. Your support for cancer education and compassion will not go unnoticed. 

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