The disease changed everything about my life and the way I look at the world. I had no idea this cancer existed’ were the words that 28-year-old Nicole Kowalski told a reporter from the Metro newspaper this week.

After attending the doctors with a painful toothache and being brushed off Nicole was determined to get down to the bottom of what was causing her pain. After returning to the dentist 6 months later they identified a rare, benign tumour in Nicole’s mouth. Two weeks after that, Nicole’s doctors discovered that she in fact had salivary gland cancer.

Upon diagnosis Nicole says ‘I thought about my age and all the things I wanted to do. I felt an immense sense of loneliness’. 

During August 2020 Nicole received the news she is cancer free, but lives with the effects for the rest of her life. We urge you to keep an eye on any changes to the mouth or surrounding areas. If there is a persisting abnormality that has been there longer than 3 week’s we strongly advise you to book an appointment.  For the full story visit https://bit.ly/2GMHg6K

The Mouth Cancer Foundation has pioneered the Mouth Cancer Self Check for the purpose of staying aware, and also promoting the early detection of mouth cancer. If caught early the patients’ chance of survival increases by 50%... Early detection can save lives! 

To find more information about the self-check click here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6QkKhEjS5M&t=3s 

Image credit to The Metro.