The Eyelids and Face are common areas for skin cancer to appear. We often see skin cancer occur in the lower eyelid and it can appear as a painless, elevated nodule. There are, of course, different types of cancer, some more dangerous than others. In all cases, however, early detection is key, so it is important to aware of any changes to your skin and participate in skin cancer screening. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of eyelid skin cancer, with the second most commonly seen type being squamous cell carcinoma–which is generally a slow-growing type. Sebaceous cell carcinoma and Melanoma are the most aggressive types of the eyelid skin cancer and these can spread to other areas of the body and lead to bigger complications. Learn more about Dr. Mack and the Oculoplastic & Facial Cosmetic Surgery Tampa.
There are many different signs and symptoms of facial and eyelid cancer. If you notice: missing eyelashes, an increase in size of eyelid or facial lesions, bleeding or crusting, or ulceration…these are all cause for concern and should be examined professionally. We also know that people with fair skin, fair hair (red or blond), and blue eyes are at an increased risk for facial skin cancer, as are people who have had prolonged exposure to the sun.