A Sudden Rise in Women with Ocular Melanoma

An alarming number of women have been diagnosed with ocular melanoma in Huntersville, NC, and Auburn, AL, and people want to know what is going on. Previously reported, at least 36 people who attended Auburn University between 1983 and 2001, and 18 people in Huntersville have been diagnosed with the rare cancer since 2000. People have been scratching their heads over the cause of these recent cases. "When this was first going on, there were people looking into the cause of it, the coincidence, and the geographic nature," says Brian Marr, MD, who runs a comprehensive clinic for ocular melanoma at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, in a recent article published on Refinery 29. "Really, it's been kind of baffling and a little bit peculiar." Dr. Marr, who is also a member of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, discussed the topic with Refinery and provided important facts about the disease. For more, read the full article