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'The doctor told me I would lose my eye, part of my jaw, and most of my cheek' - Dublin woman shares mouth cancer story


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Mairead Lavelle is thankful that’s she’s still alive and remains positive. Picture: Damien Eagers

Mairead Lavelle is thankful that’s she’s still alive and remains positive. Picture: Damien Eagers

Mairead Lavelle is thankful that’s she’s still alive and remains positive. Picture: Damien Eagers

When Mairead Lavelle, now 51, was 30, she was diagnosed with Gorlin syndrome, a condition that increases the risk of developing both cancerous and noncancerous tumours.

Over the following years had multiple basal cell carcinomas and keratocysts removed. This, she says, "had one advantage - I was a regular patient of Prof Gerry Kearns, maxillofacial consultant in St James's".

In October 2016, Mairead, from Dublin, was in St James for another routine operation, to remove a keratocyst, when she mentioned to Prof Kearns that she had a small lump in the roof of her mouth.


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