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How a camera flash helped a dad detect his son's cancer

A dad took some photos of his 14-month-old son, Jaxson, and noticed that one of his eyes was glowing white instead of the typical red eye that shows up in most pictures. After doing some research and mentioning the white eye glow to his doctor, Jaxson was soon diagnosed with retinoblastoma. "This is often the first symptom in children with retinoblastoma," says Mohammed Jaafar, M.D., Division Chief of Ophthalmology. "You might notice it when light hits the eye in certain ways, but it's usually most obvious in photographs that used a camera flash." Thanks to his dad's observation, Jaxson was treated for his eye cancer and his tumor is now benign.

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