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Eyelid cancer is rare, with an average of 19.6 cases reported per every 100,000 men and 13.3 cases per every 100,000 women in the United States each year. The most common type of eyelid cancer is basal cell carcinoma. In general, basal cell carcinoma is typically curable in more than 95% of cases, although this depends on several factors, including the extent of the disease when it is diagnosed. Other types of eyelid cancer are much less common.
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.
Sources: Duong, Hon-Vu Q, MD, "Basal Cell Carcinoma, Eyelid," eMedicine. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1211925-overview. Updated February 13, 2012.