Ocular Melanoma Prevention
At the OSUCCC – James, cancer researchers and world-renowned diagnostic experts continually focus on studying ocular melanoma prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. In fact, the OSUCCC – James consistently paves the way in leading-edge therapies and discoveries, leading to even more highly targeted care and treatment.
Screening for Ocular Melanoma
Dilated eye examination by age 40 is recommended by the American Academy of Ophthalmology to detect ocular melanoma and other eye problems early. Expert cancer researchers at the OSUCCC – James are working to develop tests that can detect and diagnose the disease as early as possible, leading to improved outcomes, faster responses and fewer side effects.
If you’ve been diagnosed with ocular melanoma, would like a second opinion or would like to speak with an ocular melanoma specialist, please call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.
Ocular Melanoma Risk Factors
A cancer risk factor is anything that increases your risk of developing the disease. Risk factors for ocular melanoma include:
- Being 70 years of age or older.
- Having fair skin, especially if the skin freckles and burns easily, does not tan or tans poorly
- Having blue, green or other light-colored eyes
- Being Caucasian
- Having dysplastic nevus syndrome
- Having a family member with ocular melanoma
- Having a freckle in the eye
- Having a dark area on the white part of the eye and eyelid (nevus of Ota)
- Having a germline mutation in the BAP1 gene Arc welding- possible risk
(Source: National Cancer Institute)
Not everyone with risk factors will get ocular melanoma. But having certain risk factors may increase your risk of developing the disease. If you are at risk for developing ocular melanoma, talk to your doctor about tests to find out if you have early signs of the disease.
If you’ve been diagnosed with ocular melanoma, would like a second opinion or would like to speak with a melanoma specialist, please call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.