Northside Hospital - Georgia woman finds hope in the shadow of cancer

Georgia woman finds hope in the shadow of cancer

Posted on: June 10, 2019


With her mom by her side, 53-year old Leah Maile cross-stitches a pattern she designed herself.

It's kept her focused during the most stressful time in her life.

It began 6 years ago, with a bump on her arm her dermatologist biopsied.

Then, he called.

"He said, 'Leah, we found you have a sebaceous carcinoma, and I don't ever see those in my office,'" she remembers.

That's a rare oil gland tumor.

And, more troubling, it's also a sign of something called Muir-Torre syndrome, or MTS.

It's a type of Lynch syndrome, a genetic disorder that could mean the Johns Creek retail planner, married nearly 30 years to her college sweetheart, Jeff, and the mother of son, might be at very high risk of developing a series of cancers.

Watch more of Leah's story from FOX 5.

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