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How rare is eye cancer in teens and young adults?

How rare is eye cancer in teens and young adults?

Very very rare: Young adults rarely develop eye cancer. Retinoblastoma a primary cancer of the eye is found in new born or young babies less than 5 years old. Other types of eye cancer including eye lid cancer, lacrimal gland cancer, sebaceous cell cancer are extremely rare and more so in young adults.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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How do people get eye cancer?

How do people get eye cancer?

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?

What does eye cancer look like?

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.

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Can too much sun cause eye cancer?

Can too much sun cause eye cancer?

Eye cancer +sunlight: There is a strong correlation between sunlight exposure and skin cancers of the eyelids including melanoma and basal cell carcinoma. The incidence is much higher in light skinned races. If you have a suspicious lesion, see your ophthalmologist for evaluation. These tumors are of course mostly in older populations.

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When can someone have or get eye cancer?

When can someone have or get eye cancer?

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.

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Please explain if it is possible to get eye cancer?

Rare: You are about as likely to get eye cancer as you are to win the lottery by buying a single ticket.

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Can you get eye cancer from something stuck in your eye?

Can you get eye cancer from something stuck in your eye?

No: Penetrating trauma of the eye can cause major problems, but cancer is not among them.

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Would it be possible to develop eye cancer from something being stuck in your eye?

Would it be possible to develop eye cancer from something being stuck in your eye?

Very unlikely: Eye cancer is rare to begin with. Eye trauma can cause lots of problems with eye health and vision but the causation of cancer in this way would be extraordinary. Just make sure the consequences of the trauma in the eye are seen by an ophthalmologist and treated properly.

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What causes eye cancer in children?

What causes eye cancer in children?

Sometimes genetics: With retinoblastoma, 40% of children have a genetic form: one copy of the RB1 gene is changed in every cell in the body at birth. If the 2nd copy of the gene undergoes a change, a retinoblastoma tumor can develop. Most children with retinoblastoma do not have the genetic form & spontaneously develop 2 RB1 mutations in an immature cell. Scientists don't know how or why it occurs in these childen.

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What are the different stages in eye cancer?

What are the different stages in eye cancer?

Eye cancer: There are many different types of eye lid, adnexa and eye cancer, and without knowing the anatomical location there is no simple answer.

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Is there a way to prevent from getting eye cancer?

Is there a way to prevent from getting eye cancer?

No: You cannot prevent it, but you can lower your risk by using uv protection from a young age.

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Is there such thing as eye cancer? Is it treatable?

Is there such thing as eye cancer? Is it treatable?

Yes: There are several types of eye cancer, some more treatable than others. Children can get a certain type of cancer called retinoblastoma. A common type of cancer in adults is melanoma. There are also many types of benign eye cancers. If you are having vision problems or have been told you have an eye cancer, you should see a retina specialist, as many eye tumors affect the retina.

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Does wearing cheap brand sunglasses can cause eye cancer?

Does wearing cheap brand sunglasses can cause eye cancer?

Not likely: The cost of eye glasses is not likely to affect the development of eye cancer.

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Can short term exposure to cigarette smoke cause eye cancer?

Can short term exposure to cigarette smoke cause eye cancer?

Likely not: What kind of eye cancer you are referring here? Eye cancer is not common. I don't think that short term exposure to cigarette smoke can cause eye cancer. It may give you irrittation on the outside layer of the eye- conjunctivitis- makes your eyes red and discomfort. However, cigarette smoke is not something that you want to be exposed with, anyway-either as a first hand or as a second hand smoker.

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If the eye cancer goes away and the eye does not clear up, what happens?

If the eye cancer goes away and the eye does not clear up, what happens?

More specifics.: This question requires more specifics. What type of eye cancer? Where is the cancer located, inside or outside of the eye? How was the cancer treated? What do you mean by the "eye not clearing up? " is an extternal or internal eye cancer still present or are you referring to residual post treatment inflammation? Please provide these specifics and I can better assist you.

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My son has had 9 styes on his eyes the month of aug. Alone does he have a form of eye cancer? Or what should I do

Staph blepharitis: Your description sounds like staphylococcal-related blepharitis. This causes multiple styes and severe blepharitis. I would start warm compresses and over-the-counter ocusoft plus scrubs twice daily. He needs to see an eye doctor since he will likely need additional topical and systemic treatment. Recommended treatment would depend on his age.

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Dr. Jeffrey Gold
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