A man who discovered a malignant lump under his jaw as part of a routine dental appointment is encouraging others to check for signs themselves as part of Mouth Cancer Action Month.
John Sanders was called up for a routine dental check-up with the University of Plymouth’s Peninsula Dental School during lockdown.
Fifth-year student, and now qualified dentist, Jasleen Batra, examined him, and ran her fingers from his chin along his jaw line, following an initial chat which suggested his oral health had been otherwise fine.
Jasleen found his lymph gland was swollen and very hard, which, following her referral to Derriford Hospital, was discovered to be cancer, originating from the tonsils.
John credits Jasleen with saving his life, and says the outcome could have been different if it hadn’t been for her professionalism. But he is now encouraging people to check for signs themselves and speak to their dentist, dental team member or GP if they have concerns.