ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how common eyelid cancer is. You will also read general information on surviving the disease. 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. Most 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. Squamous cell skin cancer and melanoma make up 5% and less than 1% of all eyelid cancer, respectively.
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 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. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.
Statistics adapted from Pe’er, Jacob, “Pathology of Eyelid Tumors,” Indian Journal of Ophthalmology 2016 Mar; 64(3): 177–190; and Wills Eye Hospital (January 2019).
The next section in this guide is Risk Factors. It explains what factors may increase the chance of developing eyelid cancer. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.