68 thoughts on “Cancer Ribbon Color Chart

  1. Someone told me this morning that I wasn’t wearing my pink, for breast cancer awareness. I don’t own anything pink. I will be wearing my cancer color which is Lime Green and will have all my friends & family in my prayers that have or are fighting breast cancer!

    1. Linda, I know that I am responding to this way after you posted but I felt compelled to do so. It’s not all about pink. Breast cancer, although it is an awful form of cancer and it affects many people, it is not the only cancer out there and the others need to be brought out and put into the awareness as well. I applaud you for not wearing pink because everyone else is. I wear teal and purple for ovarian cancer and pancreatic cancer. At the Relay for Life event I met many people who had loved ones with brain cancer, that color is gray. Just keep the awareness up… that is all we can do. Thank you for letting me say my piece. 🙂

      1. my husband passed away march 24, 2013 after battling brain cancer. We need to be more aware of all the cancers out there. I had never heard of brain cancer till we were told that hubby had GMB stage 4 and there is no survival rate! My prayers go out to all

      2. I completely agree Rhonda! My great aunt has had Ovarian Cancer for 7 years and I recently got a tattoo with a butterfly and teal ribbon on my back. When people see it they ask what the ribbon is for. I think it’s incredibly sad that breast cancer is the only one that gets as recognized as it does..it shouldn’t be the only one that gets the funding and donations that it does. My great grandma died of breast cancer and while I still believe in the donations and fundings..there are other cancers also.

        1. what happens when you have more than one cancer are you supposed to deal with one and forget about the other. my sister was diagnosed with two cancers at the same time and so far after 4 years she is cancer free.

        2. I have been told I have type 4 ovarian cancer I am now going though Cemo..I never had any signs of cancer before, so I was totally shocked…But I am a fighter,,I am going to beat this,,But I do agree with you the colors. I can not find anything .Everyone has told me just wear the pink pins and pink ribbons because pink is for female cancer anyway I just don’t feel that way.

          1. You can go to the cancer.org site and search for cancer colors and you will find a lot of colors and what they stand for….

      3. Thank you for speaking up, I am an Ovarian Cancer survivor. I never see Teal or any other ribbon colors advertised, only pink and purple. Kinda sad.

        1. What is sad is that we should all be aware that cancer comes in different forms and they have news ones it seems all the time. My daughter has stage 4 breast cancer and liver cancer. I mainly wear pink but it doesn’t make me forget that she also has liver cancer. Are we going to start protesting because the color pink is more popular. It seems so petty because cancer is cancer and I wish my daughter at 29 never was diagnosed with it but it has happened and I will promote all cancers with donations. You can order whatever color ribbon you would like on line and the money helps that cancer foundation or start your own. I sold pink boxing gloves to hand from their rear view mirrors just so everyone of my family, co-workers and friends would pray for all cancers. I thank god your a survivor and pray for all those that have suffered with this disease. Much love and prayers.

      4. I’m an eleven years,2 time sarcoma survivor and paid a dear price to get this far. I lost an arm and shoulder to this disease. Sometimes I feel that all cancers are not equally as important in the public eye. When the push for the much needed Breast Cancer Awareness takes place, I try to support the effort while wishing more information was publically available about the other forms.
        At present there are 3 people I know fighting different cancers: breast, brain, and bladder. We keep them in our prayers as we also pray for the cure.
        I wear a yellow, crystal studded ribbon from Sworski to represent my battle with Sarcoma. Usually I am asked if it is for our grandsons who are in the militarty and I tell them it has two meaning – acknowledging Sarcome and our servicemen everywhere.

    2. Discussing breast cancer survival rates in comparison with the survival rates of other cancers can, quite unnecessarily, result in heated and emotional rants. Awareness of Leukemia and NHL is not a diminishment of breast cancer awareness – at least it does not have to be.

    3. if you have cancer I would wear your shirt to show people, that you have cancer and you can wear your green shirt anytime you want!!!!!! hi my name is Britnie and when I read your story I was shocked I was like why would people do that

      1. Color makes no difference, it’s the realization that Cancer does exist and has to be dealt with by the individual depending what type they have. Pink seems to be prominent as there are many breast cancer survivors and mammograms make this more prominent. I feel sorry for anyone with cancer as my wife HD breast cancer, colon cancer and liver cancer and is a survivor of all 3. Color is not the main issue here

    1. i am doing the same thing as u but better cus i am also doing tie die and a car wash and walk a ton and going aound the nabuer hould to ask polple to donate money or any thing they can

  2. Thank you Sara for the color ribbons,I did not know that there were color ribbons for different cancers,I am into makeing ribbons for cancer with beads and felt,I do a lot of sewing patches on for my club,the money I make from sewing patches I put that towards the makeing of the ribbons and what I make off the ribbons goes to my club for benifits that we have,we will be haveing a cancer benifit run soon, this will be very helpful, thank you so much

    1. that is a great idea i would like to know more about patch sewing. I am planning a cancer awarness party for one of my groups, thank you for the chart I will use it at our event

  3. I am in the process of machine embroidering ribbons on hand towels for brain cancer to go to a fund raiser that my niece is in charge of in Wilmington, NC and hand towels for Breast Cancer to go to a fund raiser that our town is doing at a home football game in Youngsville, PA

  4. I am a three time cancer survivor. I had ovarian cancer when I was 3 years old, brain cancer when I was 10, and thyroid cancer when I was 17. I am 20 years old now, and I am on synthroid for the rest of my life. Thank you all for your support on raising awareness.

  5. I agree with those who will not wear pink. My friends husband, who did not survive, is clear. My mother, who did survive, is dark blue. My close friends mother died of a rare cancer that is not on this chart so lavender will be hers too. I have yet to find the clear ribbon so I am going with dark blue and lavender. So many men and women are affected by this honorable disease, they all need to be acknowledged. It used to be where we focused on cures for all the cancers, not just one.

  6. my wife had ( squeem’a cell carcinoma) polyps in the female area…and passed after a 4&1/2 year fight..2&1/2 years ago..after 27years together. .I miss my babe..To die in your 40’s Not fair…Then one year two weeks later Lost my Moma to a bone cancer .Two of my girls..in such a short time..please e-mail me there colors..I’m not so good with such things..and God bless..and RIP wife& mom.I love you..♡♥♡

  7. There is a ribbon for Anal Cancer now that is not on this list. It is striped green (teal) and purple. Could some one please add it to here. Thanks

  8. Karen,
    I also have suffered with several different cancers with family , friends and myself. Thanks to everyone that helps to make a difference. I also help as much as I can. WE ALL FIGHT TOGETHER.

  9. I know that this is breast cancer month,but it should be for all cancers. My daughter’s cancer ribbon color is lime green. I could not find anything but pink.So I’ve made some. She liked it so much we are now making all the colors to give away at the cancer center.We will sell them for a prayer a each. HA HA = free to all survivors

  10. Please add the ZEBRA stripe ribbon to your list for those of us who have Carcinoid Cancer and Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs). MOST of us are already in Stage IV because there is little awareness and we tend to have more “popular” colors. We need to find a cure for all cancers. For those who are unfamiliar with it, go to the Carcinoid website, or CarcinoidAwareness website to learn more.

    Did you know that:
    ** Over 90% of all carcinoid/NETs are incorrectly diagnosed and treated for the wrong disease
    ** From initial onset of symptoms the average time to proper diagnosis |exceeds five years
    ** More than 12,000 new cases of carcinoid/NETs are diagnosed each year
    ** Physicians still believe that carcinoid tumors are benign, slow growing and do not metastasize
    ** Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s disease are the two most common misdiagnosed conditions for patients with midgut carcinoid
    ** Abdominal pain, flushing, diarrhea, wheezing, bloating,heart palpitation, weakness, skin rash, heartburn and weight changes are the most prevalent carcinoid/NET symptoms
    **At least 115,000 people are living with carcinoid/NETs in the United States

    Thank you for allowing this ZEBRA to share.

    2007 Diagnosed w/Stage 0 DCIS Breast Cancer
    2012 Diagnosed w/Stage IV midgut carcinoid cancer w/metastases to lymph nodes and 40% tumor burden on liver. No chemo or radiation, nor would transplant be effective. I was told upon diagnosis I “had a year to live, two if lucky” from doctor who was clueless. I am looking forward to my 2-year mark and beyond! Most would never know I have this, unless I tell them.

  11. I lost my husband of 33 years on July 15, 2013 of sinus cancer. He was 51. No ribbon specifically for sinus cancer so I assume ribbon would be for head & neck cancer. Sinus cancer is rare, therefore terminal due to not enough research. It doesn’t have the statistics, I guess, to warrant spending money on it. Well, it mattered to me!

    1. At age 55 I was diagnosed with maxillary sinus cancer. I went 8 month with the doctor telling me it was sinusitis. I never had any sinus problems. I finally couldn’t take the pain anymore and went to a specialist. After a couple weeks and ct scans, and a needle biopsy the result came back cancer. I had a major surgery removing most of the right side of my face from Bellow my eye to my shoulder. Still going thru plastic surgeries. It’s been 4 years but I am still cancer free. Sorry for your loss. Like you I didn’t know there was a color for us.

  12. It was my understanding that the purple ribbon was the color for cancer survivors….I want to know the color of the survivor’s ribbon color

      1. Yes, I also found it on another list of the colors…I found about 3 or 4 lists of the colors and their meanings or cancers that they represent….Thanks…. 

  13. Why doesn’t bone cancer have ribbon? My father has bone cancer and I want to make him something with the bone cancer ribbon but can’t find a color for that…

    1. I did some searching and I’m finding that bone cancer’s ribbon is yellow. I’m sure he will love anything you make for him whether it has a ribbon or not. Best wishes to you and your dad. ❤

  14. Hi, I am 27 year old and I have been fighting cervical cancer for almost 4 years. My doctors told me that I had it for an long time but they didn’t find it until I had my son and he was born 2 1/2 months early. Everyday I am sick and I get very angry because I can’t do what I want to do with my husband and son. Sometimes I fill like giving up but I keep fighting. I just ask that everyone will pray for my family and I and I would love too hear from each and everyone so we can keep each other encourage. You can fill free too can or email me and time. My number is 334 303 3261.

  15. Brenda Horne ,I have colon and rectum cancer in July 25 2014 i found at that day after i had a colonoscop any test done October the 8 th i had 22 inches and a lymph nodes out on the right side and 15 inches on the left side October the 13 2015 found at i have left breast cancer and now i am 66 years old so i need all prayers i can ger

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  18. I do machine embroidery and have just bought a set of mehndi awareness ribbon designs. I can either put them on tee shirts, sweat shirts or make a badge of sorts that can be swapped between clothing. I can use whatever color is needed. My husband is fighting prostate cancer right now and that gave me the idea. It is one way I can support him.

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