HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — The Huntersville community met Friday morning to discuss the next steps in trying to find a common link for rare eye cancer cases in the area.
Channel 9 first broke the alarming medical mystery in 2014 and now, the mayor of Huntersville said he is working with town and county commissioners to start a new round of research into the eye cancer cases.
There are still no answers after five years and 20 cases.
At Friday’s meeting, the mayor said it is time to start testing the soil for heavy metals. Genetic testing is also underway in patients now.
The town doesn’t think it will provide any answers, so it’s going to try and look for a cause in the environment next.
The mayor said it’ll take more money, so he’s hoping to get approve to start new tests this spring.
Ocular melanoma is usually found in five in 1 million people. However, there are more than 20 cases of the rare cancer in Lake Norman.
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