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Eye Cancer Retinoblastoma
Rarely: Most eye cancers occur in one eye. Bilateral disease can be found in retinoblastoma in infancy as this is an inherited tumor commonly but not always present in both eyes. Adults get bilateral cancer in the eye in the rare instance of simultaneous metastatic cancer from another site like breast or lung. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: The cause of most cancers is truly unknown although there are inciting factors like smoking. Cancer can occur in any dividing cell and the eye does have such cells. Cancer seems to be a mistake in cellular division. Cancer in the eye can come from this and also some cancers elsewhere can spread to the eye (metastasis). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eye cancer: The list is very long-- it includes, but is not limited to-- retinoblastoma, melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, rhabdomyosarcoma. Some eye cancer has a relatively good prognosis, especially if picked up early. Some eye cancer can be fatal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Heredity & unknown: There are two major eye cancers, retinoblastomas that occur in childern and have an important heredity component in etiology. Melanomas occur in older people and other than exposure to sun, clear cut risk factors have not been defined. You may wish to consult the following webstie for more information. http://www.cancer.gov/search/results. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Uncommon: Primary eye cancers are rare and include melanoma, and certain surface cancers. Kids can be born with eye cancer (retinoblastoma). The most common eye cancer is metastatic from other sources in the body. The eyelids however are a common site of skin cancer and this is very common. Any cancer in this region needs rapid and complete attention starting with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more
More than one types: You need to be specific about what type of Eye Cancer? There are several types of primary cancer arising in the eye(Retinoblastoma, Choroidal/ uveal melanoma are well known) and many tumros can spread(metastasize) to the inside of the eye(Retinal mets) from common cancers like breast and lung Cancer. ...Read more
Eye exam and others: Eye "cancers" are fairly common if the lids are included, and can range from lid tumors like basal cells, to potentially blinding and life threatening tumors like choroidal melanomas, retinoblastomas, as well as tumors spreading from another location. A thorough eye exam, and adjunctive tests like ultrasound, x-rays, and angiography are all used to diagnose ocular tumors. ...Read more
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