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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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What are the tell-tale signs or symptoms of eye cancer?

What are the tell-tale signs or symptoms of eye cancer?

Depends: Eye cancers include lesions on the lids which can cause focal redness, swelling and pain; lesions on the conjunctiva which lead to redness and irritation; iris cancers which can cause vision loss and iris distortion and choroidal cancers which include melanoma causing disturbance of vision or metastatic also disturbing vision. There are other rarers cancers as well. Consult your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as bilateral eye cancer?

Is there such a thing as bilateral eye cancer?

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 more

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What causes eye cancer?

What causes eye cancer?

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 more

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Will eye cancer spread to other parts of my body?

Will eye cancer spread to other parts of my body?

Depends: It depends on the type of eye cancer you are talking about. For example, choroidal melanoma can spread for example, most commonly, to the liver. It doesn't mean that it will but it can. ...Read more

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Can too much sun cause eye cancer?

Can too much sun cause eye cancer?

In theory: In theory too much sun can cause melanoma of the retina. However, there is no hard data to prove or disprove this. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to get eye cancer?

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: eye cancer?

What is the definition or description of: eye cancer?

General term: Eye cancer is a layman term used to describe any ocular oncological issue. These incluse ocular melanoma, basal carcinoma etc. Cancers of the eye should be referred to ocular oncologists in academic centers. ...Read more

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What are the different types of eye cancer?

What are the different types of eye cancer?

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 more

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Dr. Jeffrey Gold
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Eye Cancer (Definition)

Eye cancer is a layman term used to describe any ocular oncological issue. These incluse ocular melanoma, basal carcinoma etc. Cancers of the eye should be referred to ocular ...Read more