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What is ocular melanoma?

What is ocular melanoma?

Cancer: Melanoma is a cancer that arises in pigmented cells and can occur throughout the body. The skin is the most common site. If it arises in the eye, most commonly in the back, it is called ocular melanoma. It can also appear in the conjunctiva. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & ...Read more


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What causes ocular melanoma?

What causes ocular melanoma?

Uv rays: Medical answer - like many other types of cancer, we aren't quite sure what causes ocular melanoma, but there is suspicion that it is related to exposure to the uv rays of the sun. This theory has yet to be proven, however. Holistic answer interference field reflexing to eye - usually some sort of injury to liver since liver meridian travels into eye - might need coherence to energy field. ...Read more

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Is ocular melanoma the same as skin melanoma?

Is ocular melanoma the same as skin melanoma?

Not really: Ocular melanoma starts in the back of the eye and is genetically and clinically different than the more common skin melanoma. Although they look fairly similar under the microscope, their typical clinical patterns are very different. ...Read more

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Can the laser be used to treat ocular melanoma?

Can the laser be used to treat ocular melanoma?

Laser melanoma: Ocular melanoma is not treated by destruction but by removal and the laser can be used as a cutting device. A retinal specialist would be the best to answer this in detail and they would need to know more details. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with ocular melanoma on my iris. What to expect?

I was just diagnosed with ocular melanoma on my iris. What to expect?

Treatment: If this is small or early, the involved iris can be resected. Some chemo therapy or radiation therapy is sometimes necessary. You will be followed closely by an ocular oncologist, a general oncologist and sometimes a radiation therapist. Best of luck. ...Read more

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25y/o m blonde/blue eyes; went tanning a few times w/o goggles.. Maybe 60min of exposure to be conservative. How much raised risk for ocular melanoma?

25y/o m blonde/blue eyes; went tanning a few times w/o goggles.. Maybe 60min of exposure to be conservative. How much raised risk for ocular melanoma?

Minimal: Ocular melanoma is rare and seems to be a spontaneous event. Sunlight does not play a role in its formation due to the protection from the cornea and lens. You have no doubt increased your likelihood of skin melanoma a little bit. Don't worry about the eyes. ...Read more

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25 y/o blonde male w/ blue eyes. Been indoor tanning 20x, 5x w/o eyewear. How much have I increased risk for ocular melanoma? Eye exams normal so far.

25 y/o blonde male w/ blue eyes. Been indoor tanning 20x, 5x w/o eyewear. How much have I increased risk for ocular melanoma? Eye exams normal so far.

Tanning bed risks...: Tanning beds can raise the risk of skin cancers and ocular cancers if eye protection is not worn. Albeit, the risk is still likely small. I would recommend wearing adequate eye protection to block UVA and B rays. ...Read more

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Can an ocular melanoma tumor be surgically removed without radiation therapy or removing my eye?

Can an ocular melanoma tumor be surgically removed without radiation therapy or removing my eye?

Ask your specialist: That is a very specific question which can't be answered without a lot of information which we can't share in a forum like this. Seek out an institution and physician team with experience in ocular melanoma. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more