Mascara 'saved cancer girl's life'
Published 10/06/2011 | 15:59
A 16-year-old schoolgirl who successfully battled cancer has described how a mascara may have saved her life.
Faye Archer only discovered she was suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma - which is a cancer of the lymph nodes - when she developed an eye infection from the new make-up she was using.
Tests she underwent as part of the treatment for the infection meant the cancer was caught at an early stage and Faye's treatment was a success.
Faye, who lives near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "Wearing mascara really did save my life.
"If I hadn't got the eye infection I would never have had the tests and the cancer may not have been found in time."
Her mother, Sue, told the paper the family will never know how far the cancer could have spread if the eye infection had not developed.
Faye's infection started in September last year and, after a series of tests, the cancer was diagnosed just before Christmas.
Eight weeks of chemotherapy at the teenage cancer unit at Leeds General Infirmary followed and scans have shown the cancer is no longer in her system.
The family are now hoping to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and the Bone Cancer Research Trust at a summer ball and fashion show.
The Vintage Summer Ball will be held on Sunday from 6.30pm at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.