SYRACUSE, N.Y., May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aspen Dental, one of the largest networks of dental care providers in the United States, is donating $16,255 to the Oral Cancer Foundation in recognition of Oral Cancer Awareness Month. As a commitment to early oral cancer detection, 340 Aspen Dental practices in 22 states donated $5 from every Vizilite Plus screening conducted during the month of April. A total of 3,251 screenings were conducted throughout the month.
"The Oral Cancer Foundation is steadfast in its commitment to saving lives through prevention, research and advocacy, and we're proud to support their efforts through this donation," said Maureen Howes, RDH, MS, director of hygiene services at Aspen Dental Management, Inc.
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year, which is responsible for approximately 8,000 deaths annually. Common risk factors for oral cancer include use of tobacco products (smoked and smokeless), excessive alcohol consumption, and HPV infection.
To learn more about what to expect during an oral cancer screening, please visit the Oral Cancer Foundation website at http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/dental/how_do_you_know.html.