Grapefruit Sized Tumor Found After 11-Year-Old Girl's Routine Dental Cleaning

Here's yet another reason to make sure you stay on top of your dental health.

A routine cleaning at the dentist likely saved 11-year-old Journee Woodard's life.

A dental hygienist cleaning Journee's teeth when she noticed something odd.

“She said… ‘Journee’s eyes look yellow,’” Dr. Michael Chandler told KFOR. “She asked me to take a look, I took a look and said ‘That does look abnormal.’”

Chandler, who has known Journee for several years, told the girl’s mother about the abnormality. The mother then took Journee to the doctor.

The family posted a note on the website Journee’s Journey:

“Friday she underwent a 9-hour surgery to remove a grapefruit-size tumor. Surgeons performed “Whipple Procedure”, a major operation that removed part of her pancreas, stomach, gall bladder and part of the intestine.”

The family is still waiting for test results to determine more about the tumor.

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