Eyelid Skin Cancer and It’s Rising Incidence

Channel: Fox 26 Houston
Aired On: May 9th, 2018

Dr. Sami was featured on Fox 26 News Houston KRIV NBC with Melissa Wilson (Anchor – Fox 26 News Houston) discussing “Eyelid Skin Cancer” – Aired May 9th, 2018 FOX 26 Houston KRIV Fox26, 4261 Southwest Freeway Houston, TX 77027.

It is very important to bring awareness to the detection and prevention of skin cancer in the eyelids which is a very common site for skin cancers, unknown to many. Eyelids are the last place most people protect against the sun. In fact, 5 to 10 percent of all skin cancers are found in the eyelids, despite their small surface area. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common eyelid cancer and accounts for more than 90% of all skin cancers found in the eyelids. Melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma can also occur in the eyelid. Therefore, timely detection of this cancer is vital in ensuring appropriate treatment.

Eyelid skin cancers have a significant risk for tissue damage to nearby vital eye structures. It can cause damage to the eye resulting in vision loss and potential blindness. Melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma can also spread to other parts of the face, head or body. As with anything, early detection is very important to ensure appropriate treatment and possible prevention. Some warning signs include:

  • A nodule or bump that is elevated and red
  • A nodule or sore that bleeds frequently and does not heal but scabs over repeatedly
  • Persistent eye redness or inflammation that does not respond to medication
  • Loss of eyelashes or ingrown eyelashes
  • Notching or change in shape of the eyelid margin, with or without redness
  • Newly acquired pigmented area that could be flat or elevated, with an irregular border to the pigment
  • Frequent styes or chalazion that repeatedly get inflamed and does not respond to treatment

From diagnosis to surgical treatment, Dr. Mirwat Sami has tremendous expertise and experience in this area. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in oculoplastics and eyelid reconstruction. She also works closely with several Mohs surgeons to perform eyelid reconstruction after tumor excision. It is critical to reconstruct the eyelid so that it continues to function properly, protecting the eyes and preserving vision while at the same time giving a satisfactory cosmetic result.

As an oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Mirwat Sami emphasizes the importance of protecting all areas of your skin especially your eyelids. A known risk factor in developing skin cancer is UV exposure and fortunately, preventing eyelid skin cancer can be easy. Wearing a hat, sunglasses and applying sunscreen when you go outside can make a huge difference. Although applying sunscreen effectively to the eyelid region is difficult, there are eye creams that are specially formulated for the eye area with SPF 15 or higher that are available.

At Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on our compassionate patient care, our sensitivity and understanding of each patient’s needs and expectations and our drive for excellence. Our goal is to help you and your loved ones feel welcome, comfortable and 100% satisfied with your experience.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sami, please do not hesitate to contact us at 713-668-1264 so we can help enhance your life.

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