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