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Teen's cancer uncovers a mystery in one North Carolina town: Why here?

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEJan. 4, 2020, 11:22 AM UTC / Updated Jan. 4, 2020, 10:10 PM UTCBy Erik OrtizMOORESVILLE, N.C. — The mystery began more than two years ago with a pea-size lump behind the left ear of Susan Wind's oldest daughter, Taylor, then 16.A doctor told them it was "nothing to worry about," likely triggered by teenage hormones. But Wind was unconvinced, and eventually, through testing, Taylor was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer, which is less common in children and would require surgery.The journey to restore Taylor's health would lead to Wind uncovering an anomaly lurking in Mooresville, a fast-growing la ...