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Teenage Cancer survivor becomes face of Leicester's Race for Life

A young cancer survivor who had her nose rebuilt after a rare cancer has become the face of Cancer Research UK's Race for Life in the East Midlands.

Video Report by Rajiv Popat

Tasha Jilka, from Hamilton, Leicester, helped create a video revealing the dramatic impact of cancer treatment which has changed her life forever.

The 23-year-old had to give up on her dream of becoming an actress following gruelling treatment when she was 17, which left her in constant pain and without a sense of smell.

Despite having to put up with stares and rude comments about her appearance, Tasha has summed up the courage to pose for the cameras to highlight the need for both awareness and research into all cancers.

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Tasha was diagnosed with a rare type of nerve tumour which grew behind her eye called olfactory neuroblastoma, in 2010, after numerous visits the doctor with a watery left eye.

She underwent surgery to remove the tumour at Sheffield's Hallamshire Hospital in 2010 before having radiotherapy a few months later at Nottingham City Hospital.

Surgery to reconstruct her nose took place in Sheffield in 2012 but Tasha still suffers from facial pain and has problems with vision in one eye. She's also been left with no sense of smell.