Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Signs and symptoms often include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, and weight loss, and possible bowel obstruction. Other complications may occur outside the gastrointestinal tract and include anemia, skin rashes, arthritis, and tiredness. Crohn's disease is caused by a combination of environmental, immune and bacterial factors in genetically susceptible individuals. It results in a chronic inflammatory disorder, in which the body's immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract possibly directed at microbial antigens.
Mystery Shrouds Possible Eye Cancer Cluster In Huntersville
News investigation revealed an unusual number of cases of a rare eye disease in Huntersville, victims said they are disappointed with the response by North Carolina health officials.
At the same time, a group of the country's leading eye doctors are beginning their own independent investigation.
Last summer, a group of young women came forward to said they are suffering from ocular melanoma. It's an eye cancer that strikes only five people out of 1 million and affects mostly people over 50 years of age. Yet Channel 9 found at least five cases in Huntersville alone.
IMAGES: Victims in Huntersville with eye cancer
"What is it? It's something that needs to be looked into. This is real," said Janie Blackstock, who wonders if there's a cancer cluster in Huntersville that's being caused by some environmental factor.
Blackstock's daughter Summer Heath has already lost sight in one eye from cancer. Two other young women died earlier this year from complications of their own ocular melanoma.
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Since Channel 9’s report first aired in July, Eyewitness News heard from others who said they too have tumors on their eyes.