DUX Dental marks the beginning of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month with a donation of $11,800 to the Tracy Lane Foundation, a foundation created by Tracy Lane and her husband to help raise awareness and motivate action to eradicate cervical cancer. Teal is the color that represents cervical cancer awareness and DUX Dental has donated one dollar for every teal-colored product sold in 2013. This represents thousands of teal-colored mirrors, trays and tubs in the DUX Dental line of dental supplies.
“Although the number of cervical cancer cases have gone down in recent decades, still many demographic groups in the United States are not receiving the screening and care they need to detect this disease,” says Paul Porteous, chief executive officer of DUX Dental. “Cervical cancer is treatable and the Tracy Lane Foundation is supporting positive outcomes for women diagnosed with cervical cancer by financially supporting screening, vaccinations and treatment efforts.” The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes for Health has reported an estimated 12,340 new cases of cervical cancer and 4,030 deaths from the disease in the U.S. in 2013. According to the Centers for Disease Control, half of the cases of cervical cancer occur in women who are rarely or never screened for cancer. Another 10 to 20 percent of women who have cervical cancer received screening but didn’t receive the follow-up care required to treat or avoid the disease.
Tracy Lane and her husband Derek Lane, of La Quinta, Calif., created the Tracy Lane Foundation in July 2013, less than a year after Tracy was diagnosed with stage 3B cervical cancer. Despite aggressive treatment, Tracy subsequently passed away from cervical cancer on Aug. 10, 2013, at the age of 31. The mission of the foundation is to promote early detection of cervical cancer by encouraging women to get regular check ups including Pap smear exams and HPV (human papillomavirus) screenings and vaccinations. HPV is the cause of most cases of cervical cancers. The foundation works vigorously to raise awareness of female cancers and contributes to cancer research efforts. Tracy Depew Lane was originally from Bemidji, Minn., and graduated in 2004 from Bemidji State University (BSU). An accomplished athlete, she played golf at BSU and entered the golf industry upon graduation. She achieved all certifications and became a Class A Member of The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) and worked as a PGA Assistant Professional at a number of golf clubs in the Coachella Valley before her passing.
“One of Tracy’s many amazing qualities was her ability to think tomorrow was going to be better — even in the face of cervical cancer and her demanding treatments,” says Derek Lane, co-founder of the Tracy Lane Foundation. "It is with that spirit that the Tracy Lane Foundation operates — with the hope and belief that detection and treatment of cervical cancer will get better. We are grateful and appreciative to DUX Dental for supporting our mission and keeping Tracy’s hope for a better tomorrow alive with their generous donation.” The first annual Tracy Lane Foundation Golf Classic will be held at the La Quinta Resort and Golf Club in La Quinta, Calif. on Feb. 3, 2014. To learn more about the Tracy Lane Foundation or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.tracylanefoundation.com. Become a fan of the foundation on Facebook to receive updates about the foundations activities and events. Donations can also be sent to the Tracy Lane Foundation, attention Michael Licari at Delt Law, 5402 Ruffin Road, Suite 209, San Diego, CA 92123.Visit www.duxdental.com or contact [email protected] for more information about DUX Dental products.ADDITIONAL READING ...Redefining cancerClinical tips from expertsDental hygienist, consultant detects own oral cancerOral cancer and the human papillomavirus: Part 2What the 'rinse-and-spit' oral cancer test could mean for dental professionals and their patientsOral cancer is on the rise: Consumer Reports falls shortA simple way to enhance your office's quality careOral cancer screening update