Cancer Awareness: May-August

By: Michelle Dong

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world, after heart disease. In the US, one in every two men and one in every three women will develop cancer at some point in their life. However, I believe that everyone, not only those who know of someone battling cancer, should support and be involved in cancer awareness events. Although there are months dedicated to raising awareness for a particular cancer, keep in mind that there are more than 100 types of cancer. Here’s the calendar for cancer awareness (including their ribbon colors) from May to August:

 

May

 

June

 

July

 

August

 

If you want to get involved in helping fight against cancer, here’s some local events happening in the summer:

 

A side note on cancer ribbons:

The idea for cancer ribbons started in 1980 when Susan G. Komen started her organization for raising awareness for breast cancer. National non-profit organizations assign ribbon colors, each with its own meaning.

 

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm

https://www.cancer.org/about-us/who-we-are/cancer-awareness-calendar.html

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-basics/questions-people-ask-about-cancer.html

https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/annual-cancer-facts-and-figures/2017/cancer-facts-and-figures-2017.pdf

http://www.choosehope.com/blog/who-determines-cancer-ribbon-colors/

http://www.choosehope.com/calendar-of-cancer-awareness-months

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs297/en/