Does eye cancer have a high fatality rate?

Medically Reviewed by Checkmark Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Sravanthi Sunkaraneni

Only in specific scenarios. Eye cancer has high fatality only when the condition has been diagnosed in the later stages or the patient is not being provided with the right treatment. There is no available data that provides the statistics on the fatality of eye cancer in India. However, we found a few studies that have provided estimated numbers to help people get an idea about the severity of eye cancer cases in India.

The incidence of eye cancer in India is less than 0.5 per cent of all cancer cases. A (2020) study has shown that 65 per cent of all tumour cases in the eye are benign, which means that these tumours can be managed and followed up by a medical professional. However, malignant tumours need a higher level of specialised care within a hospital. 

This study further showed that eye cancer in India is most commonly found in the conjunctiva, eyelid, orbit and retina. However, the least common locations are the iris, caruncle, ciliary body and lacrimal sac. Common fatal eye cancers in India are retinoblastoma, ocular surface squamous neoplasia and sebaceous gland carcinoma. Besides these, cases of ocular uveal melanoma are also common. Whereas the most common benign tumour is the conjunctival tumours.

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