Cancer Awareness Colors and Months

Raising Awareness and Funds for Vital Charities

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Awareness colors have become an increasingly popular way to raise awareness about certain diseases and causes, and cancer is no exception. By wearing specifically colored ribbons, t-shirts, and other products, individuals are able to draw attention to the health and/or social issues they feel strongly about.

Oftentimes, a portion of the sale of these products will be used to support affected populations or to fund important research.

It is, therefore, vital to know where your money is going in order to avoid lining the pockets of an enterprising if unscrupulous, entrepreneur.

Cancer Awareness Colors and Months

Various types of cancer have been designated a color which will typically be used for awareness campaigns. Breast cancer is one such example. Since 1991, pink ribbons have been distributed by the million to ensure that the public remains aware of the disease and continues to support breast cancer research.

Certain months or weeks have also been marked to focus attention on specific types of cancer, allowing charities to roll out their large-scale events and campaigns in earnest.

Among the designated causes and colors:

Tips for Buying Cancer Awareness Products

While buying a colored t-shirt, ribbon or bracelet can be a great way to support a worthy cause, be selective in the products you purchase. The sad truth is that many "support" items are sold purely for profit, without a single penny going to a cancer charity.

When buying a product, be sure that the tag or label states where the proceeds are going. It is ideal that you either recognize the organization or learn more about it through websites like Charity Navigator.

Ultimately, any reputable non-profit should be able to explain where the proceeds are going and how much of each sale is being allocated to programs and/or services.

You can often learn much about this by going to a charity's website and looking for their posted tax returns. Many of the better ones will direct at least 75 percent of their annual income toward programs, while others will boast over 90 percent. Charities that do not post tax returns are sometimes (but not always) suspect.

Also, look for feedback from others who have donated money or purchased an awareness product. If an organization is not using the money where they say they will, the word usually spreads very quickly.

And, finally, if you are unable to make a purchase, the donation of your time as a volunteer is another great way to support your cause.

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