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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)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer 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 and ...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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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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I have liver mets from primary ocular melanoma. I slept with a castor oil pack 2 days ago. My abdomen & lower right are painful. Will this subside?

I have liver mets from primary ocular melanoma. I slept with a castor oil pack 2 days ago. My abdomen & lower right are painful. Will this subside?

This is outside ?: Castor oil packs most likely do not do anything. I am thinking of the external application of the oil in cloth on skin. If there is heat, there could conceivably be a burn from the heat but any damage from it would be visible. ON THE OTHER HAND. Cancer everywhere can do bad and painful things. Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, ...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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My gran had her eye removed due to ocular melanoma 3 years ago. Now metastatic liver cancer, no treatment. No other info given. Life expectancy?

My gran had her eye removed due to ocular melanoma 3 years ago. Now metastatic liver cancer, no treatment. No other info given. Life expectancy?

Ask her to ask dr.: Liver metastases from any cancer is not a good sign. However depending on many other factors will determine what her life expectancy is, especially knowing what her constitutional health is, her vitality. So, the best answer would be for her to ask her doctor, or see if she'll give you permission to do so (that must be documented in her chart.) also, make sure that her diet is good, and keep her spirit strong. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for melanoma?

Who is at risk for melanoma?

White people in sun: Sun damage can lead to melanoma and people with fair skin sustain more injury from the sun more rapidly than their darker skinned counterparts. Sun protection from a young age is very important. You can read more at www.Melanomafoundation.Org. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose melanoma?

Biopsy: Any suspicious looking skin lesion, esp if it grows fast or changes in color or starts bleeing, needs to be biopsied. It will reveal melanoma if present. ...Read more

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How do I know I have melanoma?

Get checked!: Any suspicious lesion should be evaluated by a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. A biopsy will give you a definitive answer regarding if it is a skin cancer, a pre-malignant lesion, or a benign lesion. ...Read more

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How does a person get melanoma?

How does a person get melanoma?

Sun exposure: The most important cause of melanoma is uv light exposure, whether from the sun or from indoor tanning beds. Uv light exposure is associated with 65% of all melanoma. However, a combination of uv light exposure, environment, and genetics are probably linked in many cases. Hereditary melanoma occurs in less than 10% of patients. ...Read more

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Do I have melanoma, please help?

Go see your doctor: Tell us what you ahve..Is it a mole or something else that concerns you. ...Read more

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What should I know about melanoma?

What should I know about melanoma?

Malignant Melanoma: Aad malignant melanoma screening: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read more

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How fast is the growth of melanoma?

Depends: Most melanomas are fairly slow growing, but if they metastasize or spread they can seem to "accelerate" and grow quite quickly. It is rare for a primary site melanoma to grow quickly, although I have seen it a few times. ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

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