A zebra striped ribbon shows awareness for rare cancer (neuroendocrine tumor or carcinoid cancer), Ehlers–Danlos syndrome (EDS), and rare diseases. Rare disease also use a zebra stripe ribbon because of medical expression “When you hear hoof beats, think horses not zebras” in looking for a common diagnosis vs a rare one for symptoms. Rare disease also uses blue denim ribbon. Neuroendocrine tumours are a heterogeneous group including carcinoid, pituitary tumours, & medullary carcinoma of the thyroid.
The blue awareness ribbon color means support for ALS, Free Speech, Foster Care Awareness, Colon Cancer, Child Abuse Awareness, Drunk Driving Awareness, Education, Arthritis, Huntington’s Disease, Human Trafficking, Stop Bullying, and Save the Music to name a few. Let the blue awareness ribbon help support awareness for these causes!
The white awareness ribbon color means support for Adoption, Blindness, Bone cancer, Hope and Support, Lung Cancer, Lung Disease, Anti-Stalking, Anti-War, Holocaust Remembrance, Child Exploitation, Child Sexual Abuse/Assault, Osteoporosis, Postpartum Depression, Retinoblastoma, Victims/Survivors of Terrorism, Scoliosis, and Teen Pregnancy Awareness. Lung cancer & lung disease originally used a clear ribbon which was later switched to the white. Let this white ribbon help bring awareness!
The gold awareness ribbon is for childhood cancer. Leukemias and cancers of the brain and central nervous system account for more than half of childhood cancers. About one-third of childhood cancers are leukemias. The most common type of leukemia in children is acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The most common solid tumors are brain tumors. Let this gold awareness ribbon help support childhood cancer!
The orchid awareness ribbon color means support for testicular cancer. The word “orchid” is a derivative of “orchis”, the ancient Greek word for testicle and is why the color was selected for the cancer awareness.
An alternate (less frequently used) awareness ribbon color of royal blue is used for testicular cancer since it was considered to be more masculine than the soft purple or violet color of “orchid”.
With either color, the main purpose is for supporting testicular cancer awareness.
April is considered the awareness month for testicular cancer with an awareness week that starts on April 1st.
The testicles are two glands inside the scrotum (a sac of loose skin below the penis). The testicles make sperm and the hormone testosterone.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men 15-34 years of age. The two main types of testicular tumors are seminoma and nonseminoma. Nonseminomas tend to grow and spread more quickly than seminomas.
The most common sign of testicular cancer is a lump or swelling in the testicle. Most testicular cancers can be cured, even if they are diagnosed at an advanced stage.
Treatment for testicular cancer can cause infertility by decreasing the amount of sperm made by the body. Men who want to have children may want to use sperm banking to store sperm before they begin treatment.
The yellow awareness ribbon color shows support for bone cancer or osteosarcoma, support our troops / armed forces return, MIA/POW, suicide prevention, endometriosis, bladder cancer, adoptive parents, craniofacial acceptance, & spina bifida plus more.
Bladder cancer also has an alternate color ribbon of marigold, blue, and purple.
Suicide prevention also uses a purple and teal ribbon. Surviving loved ones of suicide uses a yellow and red ribbon.
Let this yellow ribbon awareness give support to these causes!
The purple and green awareness ribbon means support for anal cancer, combination of lyme disease and pain/ lupus/ fibromyalgia, hemiplegic migraines, and rare disease Schizencephaly. We also have a separate board that focuses on lime green and purple ribbon for pain/ lyme disease. Lyme disease uses a lime green ribbon.