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What does eye cancer look like?

What does eye cancer look like?

Depends on site: The eye can get cancer on the outside which creates red and salmon colored patches and erosions that look angry (such as basal cell cancers on the lids). Cancers on the inside can only be seen by opthalmoscopic exam by your eye doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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What is eye cancer like and is it cureable?

What is eye cancer like and is it cureable?

Yes, eyelid skin: Uv rays damage the delicate skin of the eyelids and can lead to skin cancers there. It has to be surgically removed. ...Read more

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What causes eye cancer?

What causes eye cancer?

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

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What can lead to eye cancer?

What can lead to eye cancer?

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

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How do people get eye cancer?

How do people get eye cancer?

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

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How has eye cancer changed life?

How has eye cancer changed life?

Hard to say: Eye cancer that grows out of control causes death. Some eye cancers require that the eye be enucleated / removed. Retinoblastoma patients may have a cancer develop in each eye; one is generally removed, the other radiated to preserve vision. ...Read more

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What are the signs of eye cancer?

What are the signs of eye cancer?

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

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Can too much sun cause eye cancer?

Can too much sun cause eye cancer?

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

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What are the tests for eye cancer?

What are the tests for eye cancer?

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

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What are the symtoms of eye cancer?

What are the symtoms of eye cancer?

Sometimes none: You can get a melanoma, or eye cancer inside your eye with no symptoms at all. Usually eye cancers are on the outside and the lids and you may see a bump or growth that does not clear up. ...Read more

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How is it possible to get eye cancer?

How is it possible to get eye cancer?

Genetics: Genetics can be one cause, also it sporadically occurs without any apparent reason. Melanoma can affect the back of the eye, and possibly related to excess sun exposure. In most cases, however, the cause appears to be unknown. ...Read more

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Is there any such thing as eye cancer?

Is there any such thing as eye cancer?

Yes: Eye cancer can happen to any number of the eye layers from eyelids in the front to brain in the back. Also other cancers undergo metastasis to the eye and surrounding tissue. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have eye cancer?

How do you know if you have eye cancer?

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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What are the symptoms of an eye cancer?

What are the symptoms of an eye cancer?

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

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When can someone have or get eye cancer?

When can someone have or get eye cancer?

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. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for eye cancer?

What are the risk factors for eye cancer?

Heredity & unknown: There are two major eye cancers, retinoblastomas that occur in childern and have an important heredity component in etiology. Melanomas occur in older people and other than exposure to sun, clear cut risk factors have not been defined. You may wish to consult the following webstie for more information.
http://www.cancer.gov/search/results. ...Read more

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What are the different types of eye cancer?

What are the different types of eye cancer?

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 more

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What are the signs that you have eye cancer?

What are the signs that you have eye cancer?

Very rare: Cancer of the eye is rare. If you are concerned, have an eye exam with an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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For what age group is eye cancer common for?

For what age group is eye cancer common for?

Rare: Eye cancers are rare. There is one that occurs in infants and small children and another in pre-adolescent children. Melanoma occurs in adults and can occur at any age. The most common cancer found in the eye is cancer that has spread there from elsewhere, with breast and lung cancer being the most common. ...Read more

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If my cat scratches me, can I get eye cancer?

If my cat scratches me, can I get eye cancer?

No: No, but you may get a nasty infection and scar tissue that may cause vision loss, and other eye problems assuming you mean the cat scratched your eye. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as bilateral eye cancer?

Is there such a thing as bilateral eye cancer?

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

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What are the signs of eye cancer in teenagers?

What are the signs of eye cancer in teenagers?

Rare: Eye cancers in teenagers are extraordinarily rare, almost unheard of. Any change in vision that is unilateral (one side only) or eye pain or sudden change of any kind should be immediately evaluated by an ophthalmologist, even if it isn't cancer. ...Read more

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Will eye cancer spread to other parts of my body?

Will eye cancer spread to other parts of my body?

Depends: It depends on the type of eye cancer you are talking about. For example, choroidal melanoma can spread for example, most commonly, to the liver. It doesn't mean that it will but it can. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to get eye cancer?

Rare: You are about as likely to get eye cancer as you are to win the lottery by buying a single ticket. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: eye cancer?

What is the definition or description of: eye cancer?

General term: Eye cancer is a layman term used to describe any ocular oncological issue. These incluse ocular melanoma, basal carcinoma etc. Cancers of the eye should be referred to ocular oncologists in academic centers. ...Read more

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I need to know if there is such a thing as eye cancer?

I need to know if there is such a thing as eye cancer?

Yes: Two dangerous types of eye cancers are retinoblastoma and melanoma. Lymphoma is an other cancer that may affect the eye. See this site for more info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/eyecancer. Html. ...Read more

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What are the tell-tale signs or symptoms of eye cancer?

What are the tell-tale signs or symptoms of eye cancer?

Depends: Eye cancers include lesions on the lids which can cause focal redness, swelling and pain; lesions on the conjunctiva which lead to redness and irritation; iris cancers which can cause vision loss and iris distortion and choroidal cancers which include melanoma causing disturbance of vision or metastatic also disturbing vision. There are other rarers cancers as well. Consult your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Can you get eye cancer from something stuck in your eye?

Can you get eye cancer from something stuck in your eye?

No: Penetrating trauma of the eye can cause major problems, but cancer is not among them. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Gold
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Eye Cancer (Definition)

Eye cancer is a layman term used to describe any ocular oncological issue. These incluse ocular melanoma, basal carcinoma etc. Cancers of the eye should be referred to ocular ...Read more