MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Businesses and neighbors in Mooresville are pooling their resources to find out if something in the community is making people sick.
It started when a local teen was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and her mother learned dozens of people in her zip code are facing the same type of sickness.
“During a routine physical, they found a lump in the side of her neck and told me it was a swollen gland and there was nothing to worry about,” Susan Wind recalled.
But the lump didn’t go away. Then, they learned she had papillary thyroid cancer.
“She had to have a full neck dissection because of the spreading of the tumors,” said Wind. “It’s probably one of the worst nightmares a parent can have.”
Then, Wind started hearing about other people in her area with the same type problem.
“My neighbor down the street, six houses down, had thyroid cancer,” she said.
On top of that, she was keeping tabs on reports of a possible cluster of rare eye cancer cases 20 minutes away in Huntersville, and recent news of high levels of radiation found in groundwater at Lake Norman.
“This is serious, and if there is something in the environment causing these cancers then we need to learn what it is,” said Wind.
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