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Eyelid tumours

Eyelid tumours or cancers are found on the eyelid itself around the eye.

What is an eyelid tumour?

The most common types of eyelid cancer include Basal Cell Carcinoma or BCC, Sebaceous carincoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Malignant Melanoma.

What are the symptoms of an eyelid tumour?

Symptoms include any of the following:

  • Eyelid swelling
  • A general change in the eyelid skin appearance
  • Lash loss
  • A non resolving eyelid infection
  • A spreading or enlarging lump
  • An ulcer on the eyelid that does not heal
  • The eyelid appearing thicker and not settling

What causes an eyelid tumour?

As with most skin cancers, the most common cause is sun and ultraviolet light exposure whether that be sunbathing, working outdoors or using tanning beds frequently. Some people have a genetic predisposition to developing these tumours.  Those with pale skin are at increased risk.

How is an eyelid tumour diagnosed?

The condition is diagnosed clinically. Your ophthalmologist will examine the area on the eyelid skin and make their assessment. They may take a small sample or eyelid biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.

How is an eyelid tumour treated?

The mainstay of treatment is surgery as this carried the best chance of complete removal and cure. The survival rate overall is high at over 95% for tumours that are detected and treated early. Other forms of treatment include radiotherapy, freezing or cryotherapy, chemotherapy and topical agents but the chance of success is lower than surgery for these.

If you’re unsure what treatment you should go for, or the above treatments don’t work for you, our team of expert specialists are here to help.

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Mr Ahmad Aziz  ›

Mr Ahmad Aziz is a full time consultant ophthalmologist specialising in cataract and oculoplastics at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Find your specialist in ophthaomology at King Edward VII's Hospital

If you suspect you have an eyelid tumour and you’re seeking an expert opinion, you can find the UK’s leading specialists here at King Edward VII’s Hospital. Our consultants are hand-picked for you, making it easy to access the best possible care.

Mr Ahmad Aziz  ›
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