The Many Colors of Cancer

The Many Colors of Cancer

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By Tomahawk Staff

Cancer affects everyone.

In a 2013 study by, it was determined that currently 1 in 3 women are likely to develop some form of cancer in their lifetime. Men have a 1 in 2 chance.

Odds are, even if you never get cancer, you know someone who will.

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October is known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is a time to honor those who have, or have had, breast cancer. Statistics show that 1 in 32 women and 1 in 1 million men develop breast cancer. Confirmed cases of breast cancer rose by 29% from 2012-2013.

It’s important for us, as family and friends, to honor and support those who have some form of cancer. October provides an opportunity to do this.

Wearing pink is a common way to show support for those who have battled cancer. In fact, each form of cancer has an assigned color. Wearing these colors can show support for those who have that form of cancer.

color-of-cancer-awarenessThe color clear represents lung cancer, orange represents leukemia, emerald green represents liver cancer and lavender is the awareness color for all cancers.

There are many different ways to create cancer awareness and support. Right here at Goshen High School, the girl’s volleyball team plays a special game against Bethany Christian High School that raises both awareness and funds for breast cancer relief.

Parkside Elementary School is known for hosting an event called “Parkside Thinks Pink.” For this event, the entire school wears pink to create cancer awareness amongst youth.

In addition, there are annual “Relay for Life” walks, which are community-wide walks to create both awareness and funds for cancer relief efforts.

There are a lot of ways to create cancer awareness; and yet, there are still many who do not know the truth about how cancer can affect their lives. This October, make those around you aware. Wear purple, pink, or any other cancer awareness color and point it out to your friends and family. Share the facts and statistics with those around you. Support those who have cancer and those who are searching for solutions. Fight the fight.


Megan Peel

Digital Media and Marketing Specialist


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