CORNELIUS, N.C. - Channel 9 has been investigating ocular melanoma for years. It’s an eye cancer that strikes only five people out of 1 million, but it has affected nearly two dozen people in Huntersville.
Now, Channel 9 has learned about another case that is affecting a young family in Cornelius.
Jessica Boemiller was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in November. She’s pregnant with twins and is due to have a cesarean section next week.
Past coverage of eye cancer cluster in Huntersville:
- 9 Investigates: Mystery shrouds possible eye cancer cluster in Huntersville
- State to look into possible Huntersville eye cancer cluster after Channel 9 reports
- Officials: No definitive cause in Huntersville eye cancer cluster
- Huntersville leaders asking for new steps in possible eye cancer cluster
- Doctors offer free exams for former Hopewell students worried on eye cancer
- Environmental testing possible at school after eye cancer cluster
- Testing firm hopes to get to bottom of Huntersville eye cancer cluster
- Report finds no hazards at school in center of eye cancer cluster
- Testing for eye cancer cluster to continue at Hopewell HS, officials say
- Rare eye cancer cases grow to 17 in Huntersville
- Doctor studying 2 dozen reported Huntersville cases of rare eye cancer
She underwent eye surgery two weeks ago, but doctors can’t test whether the cancer has spread until after she delivers the twins.
Her husband, Mark, is a firefighter in Charlotte and a combat veteran.
Dr. Michael Brennan has been investigating the eye cancer cluster, but genetic testing of those affected has found no clear link to the cancer. He is hoping to wrap up more research soon on how environmental factors may play a role.
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