- Daniel Jackson, a resident of Margate, had watery eyes for two months.
- Scans showed a tumor was growing in the back of the right eye in his sinus
- He had to have his eye taken out and is now campaigning for extortion charity
A ‘huge’ hole was left in the face of a 43-year-old man who was diagnosed with eye cancer.
Daniel Jackson of Margate, Kent, revealed that when he first complained of watery and burning eyes nine years ago, doctors treated him with antibiotics and eye drops.
But the symptoms of the Father of Three did not go away.
Subsequent scans showed a tumor was growing in his ethmoid sinus – the hollow space in the bones around his nose – and his right eye had to be removed to treat it.
Mr Jackson, who regularly wears a blindfold, said his face was ‘hollow to such an extent that I could look in the mirror and see my tongue move’.
After undergoing facial reconstruction, she is now happy with her appearance and the campaigns of the Distortion charity.
Cancers of the nose and sinuses kill approximately 460 Britons and 2,000 Americans each year.
The scans showed a tumor was growing in his ethmoid sinus – the hollow space in the bones around his nose – and his eye had to be removed to treat it. Mr Jackson said his face was so hollow that I could look in the mirror and see my tongue moving.
Mr Jackson, who was 34 when he first had eye irritation symptoms, said he avoided making an appointment with his GP because he was ‘a young strong male who had the patience to see my GP. was not’
Mr Jackson – who is now often blindfolded – has undergone facial reconstruction and now campaigns for the disfigurement charity. He said: ‘I am happy with the way I look now. I’ve made peace with the fact that I may never look like I once looked, but that won’t stop me from living a second chance at my life’
Mr Jackson, who was 34 when his eye irritation symptoms began, avoided making an appointment with his GP.
He didn’t think it was a serious medical problem because he was ‘a young, strong male who clearly didn’t have the patience to see my GP about my irritated eye’.
After various treatments were prescribed to ease his symptoms, scans showed that a tumor was growing in the back of his eye, which was pushing against the ball of the eye and causing watering.
Mr Jackson said he was left in “absolute disbelief” when his scans were shown, which revealed a “huge tumor” growing inside his face.
He said: ‘I came to find the answer why my innocent watery eye was not stopping, instead I left a dead man.
What is ethmoid sinus cancer?
Cancer of the nose and sinuses affects the nasal cavity — the space at the back of your nose — and the sinuses, which are small air-filled cavities inside your nose, cheekbones, and forehead.
The ethmoid is a bone that separates the nasal cavity from the brain and may be the site of tumor growth.
Nose and sinus cancer is a rare form of cancer that most often affects men over 40.
Symptoms include persistent stuffy nose, nose bleeds, loss of smell and runny nose.
If the cancer develops further, symptoms may include facial pain or numbness, swollen neck glands, bulging or persistent watery eyes, or lumps on the face.
Treatments include surgery to remove the tumor, radiotherapy to kill cancer cells, and chemotherapy to reduce or slow the growth of the tumor.
More than seven out of 10 people with cancer of the nose and sinuses will live a year or more after diagnosis.
About half of people will live five years or more after being diagnosed.
‘My cancer was located in one of my sinuses, which was buried within the face. It was allowed to grow without investigation. Watering in my eye was the only symptom which was due to the growth growing from the back of the eye.’
Medics told Mr Jackson that his only chance of survival was to have his eye and the tissue around it removed. He said he was “ready to do whatever he wanted to do”.
It is not clear when the surgery took place, but the operation, combined with radiotherapy, left a large hole in his face, leaving him unable to see his tongue and struggling to see.
Mr Jackson said: ‘If you can imagine something as frightening as facial cancer then you must understand disfigurement. I am now perverted by any measure.
‘When I look in the mirror it’s not my face that I see, it’s the face you see in horror movies.
‘Radiotherapy had a devastating effect on the tender soft skin of my face, and slowly the stitched areas opened back up leaving a huge hole in my face.
‘This hole was unlike anything you could imagine because they didn’t just remove the eye, they also took away the huge tumor and everything around it.
Mr. Jackson underwent extensive reconstructive surgery, which closed the open hole in his face, but left severe scars on his face.
He now uses his experience to raise awareness for people with facial differences, highlight the poor representation of people working with charities, and increase acceptance for people who look different.
Mr Jackson – who is often blindfolded – formed a support group with the charity Let’s Face It, which is for people affected by facial cancer and deformities, and works with the Scar Free Foundation – a charity whose goal is to To aid in research into scar treatment.
He also works with Changing Faces – aimed at combating the stigma around people with facial scars in the media – and his ‘I’m Not Your Villain’ against representing film villains as people with facial deformities. ‘ is included.
He said that many people dismiss people with deformities as being used to represent villains, ‘but the reality is that for perverted people this is the association they have to live with’.
He added: ‘A wonderful future awaits our next generation if we learn to be kind, non-judgmental and accept differences.
‘I am happy the way I am now…