Three Common Myths About Eye Cancer

Leon Bowman

Everyone knows that protecting the skin from sunlight is important in reducing one's risks of developing skin cancer. However, people link UV ray protection with a reduction in eye cancer risks less frequently.

Wearing sunglasses is not just important for reducing one's chances of developing eye conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. It's also important for reducing one's chances of developing a variety of different types of cancer of the eye and eyelid. 

The following are three prevalent myths regarding eye cancer that you need to be aware of if you want to protect your eyes and avoid developing a type of cancer that can not only compromise your vision, but also the health of your entire body:

There's no such thing as eye cancer.

Unfortunately, people are not as aware of eye cancer as they are of more common types of cancer, such as breast cancer and lung cancer. Statistics show that, in 2010 alone, 355 Canadians were diagnosed with eye cancer and 40 Canadians died from eye cancer. 

While eye cancer may not be as common as other types of cancer, it can be deadly. Even if it does not kill affected cancer patients, it can detract from their vision and therefore negatively impact their quality of life. 

Visiting the eye doctor is not necessary for those with adequate vision.

Even if you have had perfect vision throughout your life, you can still be struck with eye cancer. Eye cancer doesn't necessarily impact your ability to see. In addition to loss of vision, other symptoms of eye cancer include proptosis or bulging of the eye, eye pain, and distortions in the appearance of the eye. 

As with any type of cancer, early detection of eye cancer offers the best possible prognosis. Therefore, it's a good idea for even patients with good vision to visit an eye doctor at least occasionally to look out for signs of cancer or other eye conditions. 

Sunglasses alone can protect the eyes from eye cancer.

While sunglasses can provide some protection from harmful UV ray exposure, don't assume that you're not going to develop eye cancer simply due to the fact that you're a lifelong sunglasses wearer. 

Sun exposure has clearly been linked to an individual's likelihood of developing skin cancer. However, the relationship between sun exposure and eye cancer is less clearly understood. Eye cancer development may be more dependent on other factors such as genetics and diet. Don't assume that you can neglect eye care precautions for preventing cancer simply because you're always wearing sunglasses when you're outdoors. 

Contact a professional such as Dr Jade & Associates Lloydminster to learn more.