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I have heard of skin cancer, lung cancer and many other cancers, but never eye cancer. does it exist and is it fatal?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes and Yes: There two major types of eye cancer, retinoblastoma affects childern and melanoma affects older people. Both can be fatal.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
The most common cancer in the eye region is basal cell cancer of the lids, frequently associated with sun exposure. The lids can also get adenocarcinoma. Behind the eye may occur lymphoma, angiosarcoma and metastatic cancer. In the eye can occur metastatic lesions, melanoma of the choroid and iris and melanoma on the conjunctiva. There are a few very rare cancers also of the eye. Cancer of the inner lining of cornea and the lens does not occur as these are not dividing cells.
Aug 1, 2012
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Yes: There are several different types of cancer that can occur in various structures of the eye. Many of these are treatable if diagnosed early but they can be fatal in some cases.

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