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Wednesday 26th June 2019

Watery eye was cancer

2nd May 2012

Teenager Tasha Jilka believed her watery eye was caused by an allergy, but it turned out to be a rare type of cancer called olfactory neuroblastoma.

She started experiencing problems in 2008, but the disease was not diagnosed until the following year. She had surgery to remove a tumour in 2010 and to rebuild her nose. Tasha said: "I am very strong and I am pulling through, but it is very hard. I feel if I had been diagnosed earlier and known more about the symptoms, I might not have had to have two such major operations. I have lost a lot of feeling in my face and my sense of smell."

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