- The most common type of eye cancer is intraocular melanoma but there are other types to be aware of.
- Individuals don’t develop symptoms until the tumor is more advanced, however, there are some signs to be on the lookout for such as loss of vision or floaters.
- Like other types of cancer, early intervention is key!
Eye cancer refers to any cancer that starts in the eye. The most common type of eye cancer is intraocular melanoma but even this type is pretty rare. Even though eye cancer cases are rare, they do still happen which is why you should know the signs and what you can do to prevent it.
The American Cancer Society estimates that the 5-year survival rate for localized eye melanoma is about 84-percent, however, if the cancer spreads, the survival rate drops to 18-percent. This is why early intervention is key! Here’s what you need to know about eye cancer, including the different types, common symptoms, and treatment options.
Types of Eye Cancer
Intraocular melanoma is the most common type of eye cancer, however, there are other types to be aware of too. First, it’s important to have an understanding of the parts of the eye.
The American Cancer Society says the eye is made up of 3 major parts starting with the eyeball, which contains 3 main layers (sclera, uvea, and retina). The second part is the orbit, which is the tissue that surrounds the eyeball and the third part is the adnexal structures, such as the eyelids and tear glands. The different types of cancer can develop in each of these areas. So, what are they? Let’s take a look at the different types, next!