ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how common eyelid cancer is. You will read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.
Skin cancer is very common in general, and the eyelid is a common place that skin cancer is found. About 90% of all eyelid cancers are the basal cell skin cancer type. It is diagnosed most often in adults between 50 and 80 years of age who have fair skin. 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.
It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for people with eyelid cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of people with this cancer in the United States. People should talk with their doctor if they have questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.
Sources: American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, “Eyelid Tumors” and Wills Eye Hospital.
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