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How To Prevent Eye Cancer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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