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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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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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


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