The month of October is so important. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it’s a time where people from all walks of life, political backgrounds, and religious preferences come together in the effort to find a cure. Not only does this month give us the chance to highlight one of the most deadly diseases facing women, but it helps to shed light on the lesser known diseases. Since we all know the pink awareness ribbon, let’s take this opportunity to get to know some of the not-so-well-known colors of the rainbow.

Orange ribbon – kidney cancer awareness

Kidney cancer is among the top ten most common cancers in both men and women. Orange is also the color for leukemia.

Gold ribbon – childhood cancer awareness

It encompasses all types of childhood cancers. Leukemia, brain and spinal cord tumors, and neuroblastomas are among the most commonly diagnosed childhood cancers.

Purple ribbon – pancreatic cancer awareness

Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest form of cancer, with a 7.2% 5 year survival rate.

Dark blue ribbon – colon cancer awareness

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women.

Teal, pink, and blue ribbon – thyroid cancer awareness

There are four types of thyroid cancer, and women are more at risk for this type of cancer than men, accounting for 75% of diagnosis.

Pearl ribbon – lung cancer awareness

Lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women, and is the leading cause of cancer related death in men and women.

Yellow ribbon – bone cancer awareness

There are six types of bone cancer, however, it is relatively rare.  

Periwinkle ribbon – stomach cancer awareness

The most common cause of stomach cancer is infection by the bacterium known as Helicobacter pylori.

Peach ribbon – uterine cancer awareness

Uterine cancer has a relatively optimistic prognosis, with a 5 year survival rate of 95%.

Yellow, blue, and purple ribbon – bladder cancer awareness

Men are more often diagnosed with this cancer than women.

Violet ribbon – Hodgkin’s Lymphoma awareness

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is cancer of the lymphatic system, which is a part of the immune system.

Jade green ribbon – liver cancer awareness

The leading cause of liver cancer is cirrhosis.

Light blue ribbon – prostate cancer awareness

About 1 in 39 men will die as a result of prostate cancer.

Black ribbon – melanoma awareness

Melanoma accounts for around 5% of skin cancer diagnosis, and 71% of skin cancer deaths. It is estimated that 1 in 50 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma in their lifetime.

Teal ribbon – ovarian cancer awareness

Women who are post-menopausal are at the highest risk to develop ovarian cancer, with an average diagnosis age of 63. Ovarian cancer is rare in women under 40.

Teal and white ribbon – cervical cancer awareness

Cervical cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide.

Orchid ribbon – testicular cancer awareness

Testicular cancer can be diagnosed at any age, with around 50% of cases diagnosed in males between the ages of 20-34. However, it is not common as 1 in 263 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer in their lifetime.

Gray ribbon – brain cancer awareness

Brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer related death in people under the age of 20, and the leading cause of cancer related death in people under the age of 14.

Pink ribbon – breast cancer awareness

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in women in the nation.

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Corrie L
FFL Cabinet Member
Corrie is a Cabinet Member at FFL. She is passionate about coffee, Jesus, and lipstick, and never wears white after Labor Day. If she isn't busy talking about law school or FFL, you can find her studying constitutional law or reviewing a contract. Her plan A is Super Mom turned Supreme Court Justice, and she hopes to one day be just like Sandra Day O"Connor.

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