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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.See 1 more doctor answer
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
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
Rare: You are about as likely to get eye cancer as you are to win the lottery by buying a single ticket.
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.
No: You cannot prevent it, but you can lower your risk by using uv protection from a young age.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
No: The worst thing you can get is some temporary irritation.
What to do if I have black dot on the white part of my eye. Is there a possibility they can turn into eye cancer?
Usually not: Watch it. These are common. If it changes much, get it seen.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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