In a vibrant place like central Leeds, it expects a lot from you: work-wise, you can be running around all day, stealing a bite here and there, taking the stresses on the chin and then when you finish, it’s time to play- hard and then it’s drinking, smoking and fast foods and dancing and things! It is lovely to be young and immortal….that is until of these extremities catch up with you and you are diagnosed with oral cancer. All of the aforementioned things like stress diet and lifestyle can really take its toll on your mouth and in the early days you may find yourself with niggling annoyances that won’t go away, ulcers, jaw aches, sores on the lips and a sore throat- all signs that you may have a problem and need to go for a few tests. Within days you will know the worst but by acting fast, you will have given yourself a chance of defeating the disease once you have had the therapy done. It will never be easy, but if you have the support of friends and family and a good after-care team, AND if you are prepared to stop doing the things that got you here in this pickle in the first place, there is no reason why you shouldn’t make a complete recovery and live out your life.