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Did you know what your eyelids are highly susceptible to skin cancer? The region including and around the eyelids are the most common place in the body for non-melanoma skin cancers to appear.

Pictured above: Basal Cell Carcinoma of the lower eyelid

The most common type of eyelid cancer is Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC). If left untreated, the tumor can grow into the orbit, sinuses, and brain. The most common location of a basal cell carcinoma is the lower eyelid.

A lower eyelid basal cell carcinomaPictured above: Basal Cell Carcinoma of the lower eyelid

Basal Cell Carcinoma often appears as a red nodule on the lower lid. Blood vessels or pigmentation my accompany basal cell carcinoma. If left for long enough, the nodule may start to develop an ulcerated appearance. The treatment for basal cell carcinoma is surgical removal.

conjsquamouscellca4Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the conjunctiva

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) often appears as a white or yellow pink nodule on the eye. Large, dilated vessels leading to the tumor may also be visible. Squamous cell carcinoma is malignant and tends to occur at sites of sun-damaged skin. SCC of the conjunctiva tends to occur in older people (average age of diagnosis is 60 years).

The best method of prevention for both Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma is to minimize sun exposure by use of sun block products, as well as hats and appropriate clothing (sunglasses).


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