Non-melanoma skin cancers are commonly seen in the eyelid area. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, eyelid skin cancer makes up between five and ten percent of all skin cancer today. The vast majority of these eyelid skin cancers are either basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas.
Symptoms can vary based on the type of cancer. In the majority of cases, patients will notice lesions on or around the eyelids. These lesions are typically not painful, but they will stubbornly remain even after attempted treatment with topical ointments. Non-cancerous skin lesions will typically go away on their own. Eyelid skin cancer lesions often increase in size or change color and shape. In some cases, they may rupture, bleed or discharge pus.
The ophthalmologist will typically examine the eyelids in great detail to make a diagnosis. This examination is done under very high magnification with a bright light source using a tool called a slit lamp microscope. During this exam, the doctor will take a very small skin sample from the lesion so a biopsy can be performed. A definitive diagnosis can be made only after the biopsy is done.
Since each patient is unique, each treatment plan can be similarly unique. In most cases, the lesion needs to be removed to ensure that the skin cancer is eliminated. This may involve surgical excision. After surgical excision, it is necessary to reconstruct the eyelid for both cosmetic and functional reasons.
Eyelid skin cancer can be prevented by avoiding overexposure to the sun as much as possible. When outdoors, always wear sunglasses, even if it is overcast. Always be very aware of general eye health and report any changes or suspicious eyelid growths to your ophthalmologist immediately. The sooner treatment starts, the better able you'll be to recover.
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