The Colors of Cancer Awareness

While many people know that pink stands for breast cancer, each type of cancer has been assigned a color.

The Colors of Cancer Awareness

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and thankfully it has become common knowledge that pink is the color that represents breast cancer awareness. Pink products are sold in stores all across the country so that we can show our support to friends and family that have been affected by this disease.

While many people know that pink stands for breast cancer, how many know that blue is for prostate cancer and orange is for leukemia, and purple for pancreatic cancer? Each type of cancer has been assigned a color.

Purple is also the official color of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Millions of people are diagnosed with different types of cancer every single day. Though there is still no cure for this dreaded and life taking disease, there are treatments which can minimize its effects in the body. The Relay for Life events in local communities provide not only a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, they also raise money to fight back against the disease by funding research and programs of the American Cancer Society.

Our local Relay for Life event takes place on November 5-6, 2011, at Yulee High School. This event offers the unique opportunity to participate first-hand in a landmark new study, the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). During the event, the American Cancer Society will be enrolling people into CPS-3, a long-term study that will help researchers better identify the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.

During the event, teams of people will gather at the school to take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times. Relay begins with a Survivor’s Lap, an inspirational time when survivors are invited to circle the track together and help everyone celebrate the victories achieved over cancer. After dark, a Luminaria Ceremony is held to honor people who have been touched by cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease.

No matter what type of cancer it is, most of us know someone that has had cancer. Even if you can’t make the event, there are ways that you can show your support. Show your colors in support of people you know that are survivors or who have lost the battle.

Please visit www.relayforlife.org/fernandinabeachfl/ to learn more about the local Relay for Life event.

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