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Eye Cancer Risk Factors

  • Eye coloration: People with blue irises have an increased risk of developing primary intraocular melanoma.
  • Several inherited conditions are related to an increased risk for eye cancers. About 40 percent of retinoblastomas are inherited. A condition called dysplastic nevus syndrome, which causes abnormal skin moles, can increase an individual’s risk of developing eye melanoma.
  • Individuals with weakened immuned systems such as people with AIDS or the elderly are more likely to develop eye lymphoma than individuals with healthy immune function.

  • Nearly two-thirds of patients diagnosed with retinoblastoma are under 2 years of age, and 95 percent of retinoblastoma patients are younger than 5. This condition is extremely rare in adults. Age is also considered a risk factor for the development of eye lymphoma, which is more common in elderly people.
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight may be a risk factor for eye melanoma.
  • Long-term exposure to equipment used in welding increases an individual’s risk of developing eye melanoma.

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