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what is cancer of the eye?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Please elaborate : Cancer is cancer and eyes are eyes. Cancer of the eye i assume is a cancer in any part of the eye. Why you are asking? What age is the pt? What part of the eye is of concern, the retina?
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Eye cancer: Cancer occurs in any part of the body, including the eye. Although there are many types of eye cancer, one prominent type is ocular melanoma, which may begin in the eye, or may spread to the eye from the skin. Ask your eye doctor to check your eyelids and eyes for any signs of cancer. Wear sunglasses when outside in the bright sunshine and use sunscreen.

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What causes eye cancer?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Uv radiation: Although the main cause of eye cancer is not yet known but exposure to ultraviolet rays, weak immune system, and retinoblastoma are some of the reasons which could result in eye cancers. Color of eyes: people having the eye colors of blue, grey, or green are prone of having melanoma. Melanoma is common in those who have abnormal brown spots in eyes, the other causes are uv radiation, moles, genetic.
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How do people get eye cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Multiple steps: Any cancer, including eye cancer, is the result of multiple insults to the cells. Some of the insults may be inherited mutations, most are environmental injuries. The cumulative effect is to increase the proliferation of cells, non-response to usual regulation, ability to invade and metastasize.
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What does eye cancer look like?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Depends on site: The eye can get cancer on the outside which creates red and salmon colored patches and erosions that look angry (such as basal cell cancers on the lids). Cancers on the inside can only be seen by opthalmoscopic exam by your eye doctor.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What can lead to eye cancer?

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Dr. Michael Mong
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Sun exposure...: The most common eye cancer would be a basal cell carcinoma of the eyelid. This is largely related to excess sun exposure. A rare cancer in the eye is a retinoblastoma which can develop due to a mutation on chromosome 13, called the rb1 gene. This cancer has a good cure rate if detected early. A melanoma is another form of cancer in the eye that frequently harbor gnaq/gna11 mutations.
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How has eye cancer changed life?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Hard to say: Eye cancer that grows out of control causes death. Some eye cancers require that the eye be enucleated / removed. Retinoblastoma patients may have a cancer develop in each eye; one is generally removed, the other radiated to preserve vision.

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