The Lung Cancer Ribbon

Lung Cancer Awareness Ribbons and Dates

diagram of the white lung cancer ribbon
A white or pearl colored ribbon is the symbol for lung cancer.

What is the color of the lung cancer ribbon? Pink ribbons adorn everything from jewelry to blenders these days, and most people recognize that they stand for breast cancer awareness. But even though lung cancer kills almost twice as many women as breast cancer, far fewer people know what color ribbon represents lung cancer.

What Color Ribbon Means Lung Cancer?

There is some debate over the exact color of the lung cancer ribbon, but it's usually considered white, or clear, or pearl.

And while we have yet to see appliances and garbage cans showing off the white ribbon, lung cancer awareness is thankfully growing steadily.

The Color and The Stigma

It isn't lost on many of us that the color white -- or translucent -- is less visible than pink. Part of the reason is the stigma of lung cancer -- that is the feeling that people with lung cancer caused the disease themselves by smoking. It's important to point out that 20 percent of women who develop lung cancer have never smoked, and even if someone has smoked they deserve love, compassion, and excellent medical care.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

You may be familiar with breast cancer awareness month in October, but lung cancer also has its own awareness month.

The month of November has been designated as lung cancer awareness month, and many activities are now taking place both in November and throughout the year. If you or a loved one have had lung cancer, or if you just wish to help raise awareness, several lung cancer organizations would love your help.

With federal funding spending only 1 dollar for every 24 dollars spent on breast cancer research, these not-for-profit organizations need help more than ever.  A few of these include:

Raising Awareness for Lung Cancer

You don't need to wait until November to help raise awareness about lung cancer. Every day is an opportunity to educate the public about lung cancer. Unlike some cancers that have screening tests, CT screening for lung cancer has only recently been approved and is still limited to those who have smoked and are of a certain age. For the majority of people, we continue to rely on an awareness of symptoms if lung cancer is to be caught in the earliest most curable stages.

Lung Cancer Awareness Products

Even though the world seems to turn pink during breast cancer awareness month, it's hard to find white ribbons and products that support lung cancer even during lung cancer awareness month.

Here are a few places you can find products that support lung cancer research.

  • Free to Breathe offers the Lung Cancer Marketplace where you can purchase pins, earrings,and a favorite of mine -- greeting cards. The beautiful greeting cards are made by a dear friend and lung cancer survivor, Bev Walgrave. Proceeds from purchases go to support programs that hope to double lung cancer survival by 2022.
  • The Dusty Joy Foundation offers a wish necklace and notecards designed specifically for the foundation to inspire hope for those touched by lung cancer.

Other Cancer Awareness Ribbons

There are other cancers and conditions that also take the back seat when it comes to awareness  In general, a light purple ribbon is used to stand for uncommon cancers.

How many of these ribbons are you familiar with?


South Florida Cancer Association. Our Adoption and Display of the Cancer Awareness Ribbon. Accessed 04/24/16.

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