One of the ways that skin cancer can show itself is through eyelid tumors. The eyelid, after all, is skin. Eyelid tumors are not always painful or problematic, but they should always be evaluated. If you are found to have eyelid tumors, a biopsy will confirm or deny if it is skin cancer. In either case, removal of the tumors is usually preferable and/or necessary. It is important to know the signs of eyelid tumors and when to see a doctor.
The primary sign of an eyelid tumor is elevations or nodules on the eyelid. In most cases, the tumors will be on the lower lid, but they can occur anywhere in the eyelid or brow region. If on the lower eyelid, it may at first resemble a painless sty. There may or may not be discomfort with the elevation or nodule, but in most cases they are painless and symptom-free. You may notice that eyelashes are no longer growing in the area of the tumor.
In some cases, the eyelid tumor may have ulcerations that cause bleeding and discomfort. There may also be crusting of the eye, or a distortion of the normal skin structure. These symptoms of eyelid tumors indicate that the tumor is advanced and prone to infection. You will need to see a doctor immediately for examination and a potential biopsy if you notice these symptoms.
It is important that you have your eyelids examined by a doctor as soon as you notice any changes that could be related to eyelid tumors. Anytime your eyelid is not looking or functioning normally, you should have it evaluated to ensure you are safe and healthy. If you have elevations or nodules on your eyelids, contact us today for an appointment and examination.