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‘My goal was to be able to open my mouth and eat again’

For Joan Young, a trip to the dentist 16 years ago led to a cancer diagnosis and the start of a long road to recovery

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Joan Young and a portrait of her painted by a friend before her illness. Picture, Mark Condren

Joan Young and a portrait of her painted by a friend before her illness. Picture, Mark Condren

Joan Young. Photo: Mark Condren

Joan Young. Photo: Mark Condren

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Joan Young and a portrait of her painted by a friend before her illness. Picture, Mark Condren

After finding a small lump in her mouth 16 years ago, former nurse Joan Young made an appointment to see the dentist.

There was no pain, it wasn’t annoying, nothing,” she says. “It just didn’t go away, so I wanted to get it checked.”


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