Aspen Dental Donates Thousands To The Oral Cancer Foundation
Aspen Dental has donated thousands of dollars to The Oral Cancer Foundation following Oral Cancer Awareness Month in April.
In April, Aspen Dental offices provided oral cancer screening for hundreds of patients. The company pledged to donate $5,000 for each screening test that was carried out using ViziLite. The chain, which has almost 400 practices in 25 different states, provided 3,440 screening examinations, raising $17,200 for The Oral Cancer Foundation.
Jamie O’Day, director of operations at The Oral Cancer Foundation, said that the charity was proud to be working with Aspen Dental, one of the USA’s leading dental chains. The money raised during Oral Cancer Awareness Month will be used to continue the efforts of the charity to raise awareness of the disease, provide support for people affected by oral cancer and to fund research.
According to figures from The Oral Cancer Foundation, more than 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013, an increase from last year and the seventh consecutive year with more cases than the previous year.
The fact that the disease is becoming more prevalent means that more needs to be done to educate people about the causes and risk factors and the symptoms of oral cancer. At the moment, many people are unaware of these issues and this means that many cases are not diagnosed until the disease has reached an advanced stage when the chance of successful treatment is lower.
Symptoms of oral cancer include slow-healing sores and ulcers, red or white patches in the mouth and abnormal swellings in the mouth or throat.
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