Rare eye cancer detected in 18 people from two small communities in North Carolina and Alabama

Rare eye cancer detected in 18 people from two small communities in North Carolina and AlabamaEighteen people have been diagnosed with the same type of rare eye cancer – including three university friends – leading researchers to push for funding to find connections, a cause, and a cure. The melanoma, a type of cancer that develops in melanin – the pigment that gives skin its colour, only occurs in about six out of one million people but at least 18 people have been diagnosed with ocular melanoma recently – curiously all have ties to one or both of the communities in Huntersville, North Carolina or Auburn, Alabama. To add to the mystery, three friends who met at Auburn University: Juleigh Green, Allison Allred and Ashley McCrary are all being treated for the disease.



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