Eighteen people in Huntersville, North Carolina, and Auburn, Alabama, have been diagnosed with ocular melanoma – an exceptionally rare form of eye cancer – many of whom have attended the same college.
The cancer, which typically affects six out of a million people, was diagnosed in a 27-year-old female patient after seeing flashes of light in her vision. Then several others joined.
"He (the doctor) said," There's a mess, there's something, I do not know what it is, but it looks like it could be, you know, a tumor, "Juleigh Green said CBS News "It's like you've got the breath out of you, you know?"
Allons Allred, Green's girlfriend at Auburn University, experienced the same phenomenon and heard the cancer diagnosis after her doctor first thought she had it Only one retinal detachment has since received cancer at nine sites nine times, most recently in her brain.
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Both women had removed the cancerous eye, and then Ashley McCrary, one of her friends, discovered black spots that spiced her iris, and she was also told she had cancer.
" What crazy is literally there, "said McCrary." I thought, 'Well, I know two people who have cancer. "
McCrary told her oncologist at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia about the bizarre coincidence she had and her friends are plagued, and now all three women are being examined by the hospital's team, where a fourth woman, Lori Lee, also a graduate from Auburn, is being treated for the rare disease, but has kept her eye on her.
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"This" It's a rare cancer, so it's not like you can go anywhere and anyone really knows about it, "Lee said.
Since their diagnoses, surgeries and numerous treatments, the women have met 36 other people who attended Auburn University and the University were finally affected by eye melanoma due to a Facebook page that McCrary began.
"We believe that if we look at what's happening in Huntersville, North Carolina (where there are more reported cases), and what's going on there's something that potentially connects us," she said. [19659002"Untilwehavemoreresearchonitwewillnotgoanywhere"Leeadded"Wehavetohaveitsowecanstartconnectingalltogethertotrytofindacauseandthenonedayhopefully"Acure"
The Alabama Department of Health believes that "it would be premature to determine that a cancer cluster exists in the area," according to CBS, and Auburn University has said that they hopefully do more research Advances in prevention and treatment leads.
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