New York, NY (May 2008) -- It has long been known that sunbathing can cause skin cancer. Little discussed until now, however, is that skin cancer can spread to the orbit and eye. “Patients diagnosed with skin melanoma should seek an eye exam to see if it has metastasized to the orbit or eye,” said Paul T. Finger, MD, director of ocular tumor service at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, who co-authored a major review article titled “Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma Metastatic to the Eye, Lids and Orbit” in the May-June 2008 issue of the professional journal, Survey of Ophthalmology. He added, “The best treatment is prevention, so use sun block cream for your skin and don’t forget sunglasses for your eyes.”
While breast and lung cancers account for more cases that metastasize to the eye, this is the first review of world literature on cutaneous melanoma cancer’s impact on the orbit and eye.
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