Memorial Sloan Kettering experts discuss skin cancer risk factors, and explain how to prevent and identify skin cancers, including melanoma.
Signs of skin melanoma include unusual moles or marks on your skin. We recommend using the ABCDE method of skin cancer detection to watch out for any unusual moles or marks on your skin. Signs of ocular melanoma include changes in the appearance of your eyes or vision.
Although most skin melanomas are brown or black in color, many don’t have any color at all and just appear pink or red. We recommend using something called the ABCDE method of skin cancer detection to watch out for the disease in any moles and lesions you see.
- Asymmetry: One half doesn’t match the appearance of the other half.
- Border: The edges are uneven and irregular.
- Color: The shades are not the same.
- Diameter: The width is more than 6 millimeters.
- Evolution: There’s been a change in the size, shape, surface, or color.
People are usually diagnosed with eye melanoma during a routine eye exam. There are a few symptoms you may notice, however, including:
- blurred or changed vision
- a dark spot on your eyelid or iris
- a change in the shape of one of your pupils
If you notice these symptoms, it is important to contact your doctor right away. If eye melanoma isn’t caught and treated early, it can spread through the bloodstream to other organs.