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Deadly flesh-eating cancer discovered on visit to dentist

The terrible disease cost this brave young woman her eye

A 21-year-old woman who went to the dentist for a check-up was shocked to be diagnosed with a rare flesh-eating cancer.

Horrified Ceri Jones couldn’t believe it when tests revealed that what she thought was a straightforward abscess was in fact Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma.

The cancer, which affects the neck and salivary glands, was discovered when the baffled dentist sent Ceri to hospital for more tests after X-rays were inconclusive.

‘I’d never heard of anything like it,’ the pub chef told The Mirror.

The cancer was so advanced that Ceri’s left eye, upper left jaw and facial bones had to be removed in a grueling 36-hour procedure.

Skin and muscle from her thigh was then used to rebuild her mouth.

Ceri, from Wales, now faces specialist radiotherapy in the US and has launched an online fundraiser to help cover her costs.

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