More than 500,000 people develop skin cancer each year, making it the most prevalent of all cancers. Arizona has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer. People with fair skin and red or blond hair have a tendency to burn easily and are most prone to skin cancer. However, anyone who spends a great deal of time in the sun is at risk. Approximately 90% of all skin cancers occur in sun exposed areas of the body - including the eyelids.
Lesions on or around the eyelids are very common. Sometimes the lesions are benign cysts or skin tags that can be bothersome, but are not life threatening. Other times, the lesions can be a form of skin cancer that can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. Treatment for eyelid skin cancer involves surgical removal of the malignancy. The tissue samples are sent for pathology to ensure that all malignant cells have been removed.
If you notice any type of lesion on or around the eyelids that does not go away, or increases in size, please see your doctor right away. Lesions surrounding the eyelids are best removed by an eyelid plastic surgeon who is specially trained to perform surgery on this delicate skin of the eye.