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Is ocular melanoma linked to ultraviolet rays?

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Doctors don't know exactly what causes ocular melanoma. As with skin cancer, people with fair skin, blond or red hair, and light-colored eyes are more likely to get it. But, unlike skin cancer, there's no hard evidence that links ocular melanoma to ultraviolet rays, the kind you're exposed to from sunlight or a tanning bed.

From: Ocular Melanoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "What is ocular melanoma?"

Cancer Society: "Eye cancer survival rates."

Jovanovic, P. , June 2013. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology

Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan: "Understanding Ocular Melanoma." American Lim, L. , March 2013. Clinical Ophthalmology

Ocular Melanoma Foundation: "About OM."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on April 21, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "What is ocular melanoma?"

Cancer Society: "Eye cancer survival rates."

Jovanovic, P. , June 2013. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology

Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan: "Understanding Ocular Melanoma." American Lim, L. , March 2013. Clinical Ophthalmology

Ocular Melanoma Foundation: "About OM."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on April 21, 2019

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