Sixty-two year old Dave Rogers from Doncaster underwent a procedure to reconstruct his jaw using a bone from his shin after he was diagnosed form mouth cancer. He is now going the extra mile to create awareness about the warning signs of the disease.
During an annual check-up at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital in Sheffield he was shocked to discover the diagnosis of an aggressive form of cancer called central epidermoid carcinoma.
This left him perplexed and shocked as he had never felt tired or unhealthy. Mr Rogers underwent surgeries to operate the tumour. Doctors had to cut away his jaw and replace it with bones and skin from his shin.
Now, he is ready to speak to the world about mouth cancer and encourage people to be aware in order to spot the initial signs.
"If you're over 45, have a regular x-ray of your jaw when you have an annual dental check, even if you don't think there's anything wrong," is his advice.