Eyelid Cancer: Statistics

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ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many people learn they have this type of cancer each year and some general survival information. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

Eyelid cancer is rare; however, 90% of those diagnosed are basal cell carcinoma. Other types of eyelid cancer are much less common.

In general, basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer is almost always curable, especially if the cancer is found and treated early. Melanoma is also highly curable if it is diagnosed and treated in its earliest stages. However, melanoma is more likely to spread to other parts of the body.

Cancer statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of cases of this type of cancer in the United States, but the actual risk for a particular individual may differ. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with eyelid cancer. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2014, and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, “Eyelid Tumors.”

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