Leah Finlayson from Addingham in West Yorkshire says she was "stunned" to be diagnosed with tongue cancer.
She is urging people to highlight any suspected symptoms with GPs and dentists to raise awareness of the disease.
More top news
Calendar's Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt's latest blog on the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election
Detectives are appealing for information after a couple were attacked during an attempted robbery at their home in Leeds.
Dry night ahead