Media reports indicate that a village in Germany has baffled health experts as almost every household there has a resident suffering from cancer.
The Wewelsfleth village with a population of 1,500 has been dubbed the "village of the damned", said the Daily Mail.
Village mayor Ingo Karstens, who lost two wives to cancer, said: "It feels like a curse."
They could, however, find no cause for the deadly disease.
Residents have blamed three nearby nuclear power plants and a shipyard where vessels were reportedly sprayed with toxic paint. Villagers say wind and rain blew in cancer-causing particles from those place into their homes.
Experts have probed the nuclear plants, the shipyard, asbestos sheeting used on roofs, electro-smog from power lines and the lifestyle of the cancer patients.