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3 Types of Cancer That Can Be Found During a Routine Eye Exam

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February is World Cancer Month, and all across the globe today many are raising awareness of cancer to encourage its prevention, and not just through your yearly physical. Regular eye exams are an important part of maintaining one’s health, but did you know that many forms of cancer can be found during a routine eye exam? Here are 3 of the most commonly detected forms of cancer

1. Melanoma

When the doctor is examining the eye they will take a look through to the pupil at the back of the eye. If there are dark spots seen, it could possibly be a sign of early melanoma development. From there tests will be completed to test for cancer cells and then an ophthalmologist will be monitoring it regularly.

2. Leukemia

Rental bleeding in the eye could be a sign of developing leukemia. Oftentimes, eyes are a place to hide for leukemia and can cause it to go undetected. That is why it is so important to keep on top of your eye exams so that proper treatments can be done in due time. And with cancer, time is of the essence.

3. Brain Cancer

A routine eye exam could turn into something more when things are found to be unusual. For example, blurred vision and non responsive pupils can mean many things, but after further investigation these symptoms can be found as signs of a brain tumor. When these symptoms are noticed, further testing is done to determine the cause, but may have gone undetected without the routine exam.

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