Preventing Eyelid Skin Cancer

Published on July 7, 2017
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Now that the summer season is here, you will most likely be spending a lot of your time out under the sun at the beach and by the pool. It is during the summer that practicing proper sun protection is most important. You should be practicing proper sun safety throughout the year, but the increase in outdoor activity during the summer places your skin at an even higher risk of potential damage.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, and roughly 90% of all non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun. One area that is highly susceptible to non-melanoma skin cancer is the eyelids. This includes basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas, the two most common types of skin cancer.

These types of skin cancer have a low risk of metastasizing, but a number of other issues may occur due to sensitivity and significance of the surrounding tissues and structures. The ocular structures in the eyes may become severely damaged, and in some cases, blindness can occur.

Although it may be difficult, it is important to properly protect your eyelids. Applying sunscreen to the eyelids may be an issue because the product may get into your eyes and cause irritation. There are sunscreens available that are specifically designed for the eye area.

Wearing sunglasses can also help to protect your eyelid skin, but not all of them are designed the same, so it is important that you find a pair that offers the necessary amount of UV protection.

If you are in need of care for any issues regarding eyelid skin cancer, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Laquis.

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