Color of Awareness Ribbons and their Meaning

Ribbon is no more just a narrow strip. The first ribbon that was represented as a meaningful object in history was the yellow ribbon that was mentioned in a marching song sung by the military in the USA. A specific cause is symbolized by a particular color of awareness ribbon and drawing attention to a specific cause by wearing awareness ribbon has gained significant popularity these days.

Below is a list of colored ribbons signifying awareness of cancers, diseases, abuse, addiction, preventions, etc. :

Awareness ribbons

Awareness ribbons

Pink Ribbon :
1. Breast cancer awareness
2. Birth parents

Yellow Ribbon :
1. Suicide prevention
2. Bladder cancer
3. Spina bifida
4. Endometriosis

Red Ribbon :
1. HIV/AIDS awareness
2. Heart disease/stroke
3. Epidermolysis Bullosa
4. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Burgundy Ribbon :

1. Brain aneurysm
2. Headaches
3. Hemangioma
4. Vascular malformation
5. Multiple myeloma
6. William’s syndrome
7. Thrombophilia
8. Antiphospholid Antibody Syndrome

Purple Ribbon :
1. Pancreatic cancer
2. Testicular cancer
3. Thyroid cancer
4. Alzheimer’s Disease
5. Crohn’s disease
6. Cystic fibrosis
7. Lupus
8. Leimyosarcoma
9. Fibromyalgia

Lavender Ribbon :
1. General cancer awareness
2. Epilepsy
3. Rett Syndrome

Periwinkle Ribbon :
1. Eating disorders
2. Pulmonary Hypertension

Blue Ribbon :
1. Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI)
2. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
3. Alopecia
4. Epstein-Barr Virus
5. Colon cancer
6. Colorectal cancer
7. Anti-tobacco

Dark Blue Ribbon :
1. Arthritis
2. Leukodystrophy
3. Water quality and safety

Light Blue Ribbon :
1. Childhood cancer
2. Prostate cancer,
3. Trisomy 18
4. Scleroderma

Teal Ribbon :
1. Ovarian Cancer
2. Cervical Cancer
3. Uterine cancers
4. Polycystic ovarian syndrome

Green Ribbon :
1. Kidney cancer
2. Tissue/organ donation
3. Homeopathy

Orange Ribbon :
1. Leukemia
2. Self injury awareness

White Ribbon :
1. Right to life
2. Bone cancer
3. Retinal blastoma

Pearl Ribbon :
1. Emphysema
2. Lung cancer
3. Mesothelioma
4. Multiple sclerosis

Black Ribbon :
1. Melanoma

Grey Ribbon :
1. Diabetes
2. Asthma
3. Brain cancer

Silver Ribbon :
1. Parkinson’s disease
2. Severe depression
3. Bipolar disorder
4. Schizophrenia
5. Anxiety disorders

Lace Ribbon:
1. Osteoporosis

Pink & Blue Ribbon:
1. Miscarriage
2. Stillbirth
3. Infant death primarily due to SIDS

Gold Ribbon:
1. Childhood Awareness

Puzzle Ribbon:
1. Autism

Cloud Ribbon:
1. Congenital diaphragmatic hernia

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Sulabh Shrestha
Intern doctor and Medical Blogger Sulabh Shrestha

3 Comments on "Color of Awareness Ribbons and their Meaning"

  1. Thanks for sharing the details. I found the information incredibly helpful.

  2. Jacquelynn Appleton | July 2, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Reply

    Thanks for posting this site. Cancer is a plague and I appreciate your posts.

  3. Lucy Kumarluk | July 23, 2013 at 12:49 am | Reply

    Purple ribbon is also used to represent Elder Abuse Awareness, especially in the north (arctic).

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