Awareness Ribbon Colours and what each one means

July 09, 2018

Awareness Ribbon Colours and what each one means

The ribbon symbol has been adopted by many charities to raise awareness, each using a different colour to represent their specific medical condition or issue. The most recognised would probably be the red ribbon symbol which is worn in support of those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and the pink ribbon symbol for breast cancer.

To help celebrate our launch of mini awareness ribbon charm bracelets, here is a list of the different coloured ribbon awareness symbols and what each represents:

By Colour

Black – Melanoma, Narcolepsy, Sleep Apnoea & Sleep Disorders
Blue – Prostate Cancer, Anti-Bullying, Guillain Barre Syndrome, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Colon Cancer, Colorectal Cancer
Green – Mental Health Awareness, Liver Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer & Adrenal Cancer
Grey – Brain Cancer, Asthma, Diabetes
Lavender – All Cancers
Lime – Lymphoma
Orange – Leukaemia & Kidney Cancer
Pale/light blue – Prostate cancer, Eating disorder, Lymphoedema, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Pearl – Lung Cancer
Pink – Breast Cancer
Purple – Epilepsy, Pancreatic Cancer, Fibromyalgia, Lupus
Rainbow - Autism
Red – Heart Disease, Acquired Immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), HIV, Cardiovascular Disease, Congenital Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Stroke, Tuberculosis, Haemophilia
Teal – Ovarian Cancer, Vulvar Cancer
Teal & White – Cervical Cancer
Teal/Pink/Blue – Thyroid Cancer
Yellow – Bone Cancer, Sarcoma Cancer & Endometriosis
White – Lung Cancer

By Condition

Acquired Immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) – Red
Adrenal Cancer – Green
All Cancers – Lavender
Ankylosing Spondylitis – Blue
Anti-Bullying – Blue
Asthma – Grey
Autism or Aspergers – Rainbow
Bone Cancer – Yellow
Brain Cancer - Grey
Breast Cancer – Pink
Cardiovascular Disease – Red
Cervical Cancer – Teal & White
Colon Cancer – Blue
Colorectal Cancer – Blue
Congenital Heart Disease – Red
Diabetes – Grey
Eating Disorders – Pale/Light Blue
Endometriosis – Yellow
Epilepsy – Purple
Fibromyalgia – Purple
Gallbladder Cancer – Green
Guillain Barre Syndrome – Blue
Heart Disease – Red
Haemophilia – Red
High Blood Pressure – Red
HIV – Red
Hypertension – Red
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – Pale/Light blue
Kidney Cancer – Orange
Leukaemia - Orange
Liver Cancer – Green
Lung Cancer – Pearl or white
Lupus – Purple
Lymphoma – Lime
Lymphoedema – Light Blue
Melanoma  - Black
Mental Health Awareness – Green
Narcolepsy – Black
Ovarian Cancer – Teal
Pancreatic Cancer – Purple
Prostate Cancer – Blue or Pale Blue
Sarcoma Cancer – Yellow
Sleep Apnoea – Black
Sleep Disorders – Black
Stroke – Red
Thyroid Cancer – Teal/Pink/Blue
Tuberculosis – Red
Vulvar Cancer – Teal


Awareness ribbon jewellery symbols colours


Awareness Ribbon Jewellery

Originally most ribbon awareness items were pins or badges designed to be worn on your lapel or top however now there is a wide array of jewellery available to raise awareness of medical conditions. These pieces can be worn by those affected by the condition itself or by others who would like to show their support.

Check out our new range of awareness ribbon bracelets, and let us know if there's any other colours you would like to see in the future.







4 Responses

Gareth Williams
Gareth Williams

September 07, 2021

Hi, can you add cream to the list.
Degenerative Disc Disease, most sites do everything except this.

Tanya Butler
Tanya Butler

January 22, 2019

Have just added light blue, yellow and black to our options on this bracelet. Pleased to be able to support so many different types of cancer xxx


August 15, 2018

Hi Sharon, the colour for Lymphoedema is light blue. I’ll get it added to the list above. Cheers, Tanya

Sharon Thompson
Sharon Thompson

August 13, 2018

is there a ribbon for Lymphoedema please

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