Did you know that close to 10 percent of all skin cancers occur on the eyelids? For most patients, this number is surprising. Taking preventative steps is key, but if you find yourself concerned, you're in great hands with Dr. Davis.
Detecting Skin Cancer on the Eyelids
One of the biggest obstacles in the early detection of eyelid skin cancer is that tumors often begin growing under the skin and can go unnoticed for years. However, early warning signs can include a bump that won't go away, a bump that bleeds frequently, inflammation of the eyelids, lesions with irregular borders or growth, and the loss of eyelashes.
Treating Eyelid Skin Cancer
Depending on the size and location of the tumor, different surgical procedures can be performed. The first step is often a biopsy to remove the entire tumor, or part of it, in order to determine if it's cancerous. Sometimes this may be the only treatment that is needed. For more advanced or complicated cases, Mohs' surgery or cryosurgery may be required. According to the Mayo Clinic, Mohs' surgery involves removing thin layers of cancerous skin a little at a time until only cancer-free tissue remains, and cryosurgery involves freezing cancer cells with liquid nitrogen. After treatment, some patients may benefit from reconstructive surgery in order to improve function in the eye or to correct cosmetic concerns.
Preventing Eyelid Skin Cancer
Preventing skin cancer on the eyelid is much easier than trying to treat it. Using sunscreen that is safe for the eye area or makeup with SPF 15 or higher is key. Also, wearing sunglasses that block as much UV radiation as possible is one of the best ways to protect the eyes and the area that surrounds them. For more information about eyelid cancer treatment or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Davis, call the Advanced Eyelid Surgery Center at 817-778-4444.