A doctor inspects a suspicious mole on the back of a woman; how to identify skin cancer concept
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2. Eye Changes

Collage image of ocular melanoma
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The neck, face, and arms are all common locations for skin cancer to develop. In rare cases, though, skin cancer can develop in the eyes.

What are these changes like?

Skin cancer-related eye changes include:

  • Partial vision loss
  • Blurry vision
  • Dark spots in the iris, the colored part of the eye surrounding the pupil
  • Dark spots in the conjunctiva (mucus membrane that lines the eyelids) or whites of the eye

What type of cancer is it?

These changes can indicate eye melanoma, or ocular melanoma. Two major types of this cancer are uveal melanoma and conjunctival melanoma.

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