There are countless awareness ribbons and it can be a bit confusing to know what each of them means. Whether you’re trying to decipher what a ribbon displayed on a bumper sticker or T-shirt means — or if you’re planning out how you can advocate for a cause that’s important to you — we’ve got your back. 

At Good Good Good we’re all about celebrating the good being done in the world — and helping people make a difference in the world. And bringing awareness to important issues is a part of both of those.

We’ve put together the ultimate guide to awareness colors and their meanings. This particular guide is exclusively focused on cancer awareness ribbons and their colors — though you can explore our complete guide to every awareness ribbon color and their meanings in our other article.

Beyond awareness ribbon colors and their meanings for every form of cancer, we also included a number of causes that are associated with cancer, caused by cancer, or potentially lead to cancer.

Based on our research, this list is the most comprehensive and up-to-date list of its kind on the internet. However, it’s always worthwhile to double-check against official organizations — as symbols and colors can change over time or may vary regionally.

Cancer Awareness Ribbon Colors and Meanings —

Blue Ribbons

Blue

  • Anal Cancer
  • Colitis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Familial Polyposis
  • Myositis

Light Blue

  • Lymphedema
  • Men’s Health
  • Behcet’s Disease
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Scleroderma

Dark Blue

  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer

Navy Blue

  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Mastocytosis
  • Rectal Cancer

Pale Blue

  • Achalasia Disease

Denim

  • Hereditary & Genetic Diseases
  • Jeans for Genes

Periwinkle

  • Eosinophilic Disorders
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer

Royal Blue

  • Transverse Myelitis

Teal

  • Cervical Cancer
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Obsessive-Ovarian Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Vulvar Cancer
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer

Turquoise

  • Dysautonomia
  • Renal Cell Carcinoma

Purple Ribbons

Purple

  • Arnold Chiari Malformation
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fibromyalgia in Men
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Lupus
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Thymoma Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Anal Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer

Lavender

  • All Cancers
  • Gynecological Cancer
  • Rett Syndrome

Orchid

  • Testicular Cancer

Plum

  • Caregivers

Violet

  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Testicular Cancer

Orange Ribbons

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lupus
  • Melanoma
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome
  • Spinal Cancer

Red Ribbons

Red

  • Blood Cancers and Disorders
  • Lymphoma
  • Head & Neck Cancer

Pink

  • Breast Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer

Maroon

  • Multiple Myeloma

Peach

  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Vaginal Cancer

Burgundy

  • Hereditary Hemochromatosis
  • Head & Neck Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma

Amber

  • Appendix Cancer

Green Ribbons

Green

  • Adrenal Cancer
  • Childhood Depression
  • Depression
  • Kidney Cancer and Disease
  • Kidney Donation
  • Leukemia
  • Living Organ Donation
  • Neural Tube Defects
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Organ Donation
  • Organ Transplant
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Von Hippel Lindau
  • Anal Cancer
  • Gallbladder/Bile Duct Cancer

Emerald Green

  • Liver Cancer

Lime Green

  • Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Mint Green

  • Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis

Jade

  • Hepatitis B
  • Liver Cancer

Yellow Ribbons

Yellow

  • Adenosarcoma
  • Alternative Medicine
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Ewing’s Sarcoma
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Disease
  • Myxoid Liposarcoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Sarcoma/Bone Cancer

Neutral Colored Ribbons

White

  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disease
  • Community Support
  • Osteoporosis
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Lung Cancer

Black

  • Accidents
  • Grief
  • Melanoma
  • Mourning
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

Grey

  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Tumors

Gold

  • Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Childhood Cancer
  • Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Osteosarcoma

Pearl

  • Lung Cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia

Multicolored Ribbons with Two Colors

Pink & Blue

  • Male Breast Cancer

Blue & Red

  • Congenital Heart Defects and Disease
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis

Black & White

  • Carcinoid Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors

Black & White Zebra-patterned Ribbon

  • Neuroendocrine Cancer

Red & White

  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Oral Cancer
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Burgundy & Ivory

  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Oral Head and Neck Cancers
  • Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Pharyngeal Cancer
  • Throat Cancer

Red & Yellow

  • Hepatitis C

Blue & Green

  • Anal Cancer
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri

Purple & Green

  • Anal Cancer

Teal, Green,& Pink

  • Melastatic Breast Cancer

Purple, Blue, & Marigold

  • Bladder Cancer

Pink & Teal

Teal, Pink, & Blue

  • Thyroid Cancer

Burgundy & White

  • Head & Neck Cancer

Teal & White

  •  Cervical Cancer

Multicolored Ribbons with Three Colors

Marigold, Blue, & Purple

  • Bladder Cancer

Pink, Purple, & Teal

  • Thyroid Cancer

Ribbons of Cancer, in Alphabetical Order

Cancer Color
All Cancers Lavender
Achalasia Disease Pale Blue
Adenosarcoma Yellow
Adrenal Cancer Green
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Grey
Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma Gold
Anal Cancer Purple & Green
Appendix Cancer Amber
Arnold Chiari Malformation Purple
Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease Mint Green
Behcet’s Disease Light Blue
Bladder Cancer
Purple, Blue, & Marigold
Blood Cancers and Disorders Red
Bone Cancer White
Bone Disease White
Brain Cancer Grey
Brain Tumors Grey
Breast Cancer Pink
Carcinoid Cancer Black & White
Caregivers Plum
Cervical Cancer Teal & White
Childhood Cancer Gold
Childhood Depression Green
Chronic Pancreatitis Purple
Colitis Purple
Colon Cancer Navy Blue
Colorectal Cancer Dark Blue
Community Support White
Congenital Heart Defects and Disease Blue & Red
Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis Mint Green
Cystic Fibrosis Purple
Dysautonomia Turquoise
Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma Gold
Endometrial Cancer Peach
Eosinophilic Disorders Periwinkle
Epstein-Barr Virus Blue
Esophageal Cancer Periwinkle
Ewing’s Sarcoma Yellow
Familial Polyposis Blue
Fibromyalgia Purple
Gallbladder/Bile Duct Cancer Green
Gastric Cancer Periwinkle
Gastrointestinal Cancer Purple
Grief Black
Gynecological Cancer Lavender
Head & Neck Cancer
Burgundy & White
Hepatitis B Jade
Hepatitis C Red & Yellow
Hereditary & Genetic Diseases Denim
Hereditary Hemochromatosis Burgundy
Hodgkin’s Disease Violet
Jeans for Genes Denim
Kidney Cancer Orange
Kidney Cancer and Disease Green
Kidney Donation Green
Laryngeal Cancer
Burgundy & Ivory
Leiomyosarcoma Purple
Leukemia Orange
Liver Cancer Emerald Green
Living Organ Donation Green
Lung Cancer Pearl
Lymphedema Light Blue
Lymphoma Lime Green
Macular Degeneration Purple
Male Breast Cancer Pink & Blue
Mastocytosis Navy Blue
Melanoma Black
Metastatic Breast Cancer
Teal, Green,& Pink
Men’s Health Light Blue
Mesothelioma Pearl
Metastatic Breast Cancer Teal
Mourning Black
Multiple Myeloma Maroon
Myasthenia Gravis Teal
Myositis Blue
Myxoid Liposarcoma Yellow
Neural Tube Defects Green
Neuroblastoma Gold
Neuroendocrine Cancer
Black & White Zebra-patterned Ribbon
Neuroendocrine Tumors Black & White
Neurofibromatosis Green
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Lime Green
Obsessive-Ovarian Cancer Teal
Oral Cancer Red & White
Oral Head and Neck Cancers
Burgundy & Ivory
Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Burgundy & Ivory
Organ Donation Green
Organ Transplant Green
Osteoporosis White
Osteosarcoma Gold
Ovarian Cancer Teal
Pancreatic Cancer Purple
Pharyngeal Cancer
Burgundy & Ivory
Polycystic Kidney Disease Teal
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Teal
Prader-Willi Syndrome Orange
Previvor Pink & Teal
Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Black
Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Green
Prostate Cancer Light Blue
Pseudotumor Cerebri Blue & Green
Pulmonary Fibrosis Blue & Red
Pulmonary Hypertension Periwinkle
Rectal Cancer Navy Blue
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Orange
Renal Cell Carcinoma Turquoise
Retinoblastoma White
Rett Syndrome Lavender
Sarcoidosis Purple
Sarcoma/Bone Cancer Yellow
Scleroderma Light Blue
Sjogren’s Syndrome Purple
Small Intestine Cancer Periwinkle
Spinal Cancer Orange
Squamous Cell Carcinoma Red & White
Stomach Cancer Periwinkle
Testicular Cancer Orchid
Throat Cancer
Burgundy & Ivory
Thymoma Cancer Purple
Thyroid Cancer Purple
Thyroid Cancer
Pink, Purple, & Teal
Transverse Myelitis Royal Blue
Trigeminal Neuralgia Teal
Uterine Cancer Peach
Vaginal Cancer Peach
Von Hippel Lindau Green
Vulvar Cancer Teal
Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Pearl

Always make sure to double-check the ribbon color with specific nonprofits to ensure that the current ribbon color is up to date. Sometimes organizations and causes rebrand, pivot away from using ribbons, or introduce a new component to the ribbon. Some causes have several different awareness ribbon colors.

Frequently Asked Questions

What color awareness ribbon is used for all cancers?

The awareness ribbon color for all cancers is lavender — though some organizations use different variations of the color purple. 

How many cancer ribbons are there? 

We’ve compiled more than 150 different awareness ribbons representing different cancers and experiences related to cancer.

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