Cancer ribbons have been around for a long time and are a great way to raise awareness for both victims and survivors of cancer. They have also recently become amazing tools for coping, healing and recovery through the use of cremation urn jewelry in the form of cancer awareness ribbons. Helping people through the process of understanding and selecting a piece of cremation jewelry and finding comfort in keeping their loved ones close is the main reason we love what we do at Cherished Emblems.
We often get asked which colors apply to which cancers. If you don’t know either, don’t feel too bad. There are a lot of different colors and many of them overlap with other types of cancer. But for those of you who wish to familiarize themselves, here is a fairly comprehensive list of cancer ribbons that are used to raise awareness for common cancers, as well as the awareness month when applicable. We are continually updating our website and adding new memorial jewelry to it. If you don’t see the color or style you are looking for feel free to chat with us on the site or contact us here. We can almost always help our friends find what they are looking for, even if we have to have it custom made at our factory!
It's important to remember that a 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 the various non-profit organizations who advocate for a specific type of cancer. For example, a white or pearl ribbon is used to represent lung cancer, but turquoise ribbons are used by one of the lung cancer organizations.
Lavender and Shades of Purple
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. This is by far our most commonly requested ribbon color as it works on many levels. These colors are calming and invoking of beautiful memories.
Carcinoid syndrome, neuroendocrine 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. In a field of horses, you are most likely to see horses, but 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. (November)
Below we will wanted to show some of the more common ribbon colors used just so you can have an idea of what is available:
All Cancers – Light Purple (Lavender)
Appendix Cancer – Amber
Bile Duct Cancer – Green (February)
Bone Marrow Transplant – Green
Sarcoma – Yellow (July)
Gallbladder Cancer (February)
Bladder Cancer (May)
Brain Cancer – Gray (May)
Breast Cancer (Women) – Light Pink (October)
Inflammatory Breast Cancer - Hot Pink
Hereditary Breast Cancer - Teal and Pink
Breast and Gynecologic Cancers Together
Breast Cancer (Men) – Light Baby Pink and Baby Blue (October)
Cancer Survivor – Purple
Leiomyosarcoma - Purple