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How To Prevent Eye Cancer
No: You cannot prevent it, but you can lower your risk by using uv protection from a young age. ...Read more
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
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
Location dependent: Cancer on the surface of the eye will cause swelling and redness with some discharge. Cancer of the retina (mostly melanoma) may affect vision and can cause inflammation in the eye. Another frequent type is metastatic usually from breast, lung or prostate. A few rare cancers may invade the interior of the eye or cause nodules on the iris. And the most common are skin cancers of the lids. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
Likely not: What kind of eye cancer you are referring here? Eye cancer is not common. I dont 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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
No: The worst thing you can get is some temporary irritation. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
How common is eye cancer? Eye cancer isn't something you hear about very often. Does that mean it's not very common? How likely is it that i could get eye cancer?
Eye : Eye cancers are very rare in the general public. Patients can have eye cancers on the eyelids (similar to skin cancers to elsewhere on the body), on the surface of the eye or inside of the eye. Melanomas can develop inside of the eye because there are pigmented cells in the uveal tract. A complete eye exam, including dilation, is an excellent way to screen for these conditions. ...Read more
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
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
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
Changes in vision: Though rare overall, there are many types of cancer of the eye and orbit. For ocular tumors, defects in visual field or blurriness are common. Unusual symptoms including visual hallucinations have been described. For orbital lesions, symptoms can include bulging of the eye, paralysis of movement or double vision. If you have any such changes in one or both eyes, you should see your doctor! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Eye symptoms: You will have some sort of symptoms like decreased vision for unclear reason that is also likely associated with headaches, or eye pain, sometimes with redness, edema or asymmetric bulging of the eye. However, those symptoms can also be caused by other conditions. So an eye examination by an ophthalmologist is very important . Eye cancer is a rare disease - this usually more in childhood. ...Read more
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