Eye cancer

Cancer that starts in the eye is rare. Eye cancer is usually a type of skin cancer, called melanoma.

According to the NHS, there are around 750 new cases of eye cancer in the UK every year.

Eye cancer is cancer that starts in the eye. This is a rare type of cancer. It’s more likely that cancer starts elsewhere in the body and spreads to the eye. For example, breast cancer or lung cancer could spread to the eye.

Most eye cancers are melanomas, a type of skin cancer. This can be found by an optician during a routine eye test.

At The Christie, the head and neck and skin team in clinical oncology and the melanoma team may treat types of eye cancer.

Last updated: March 2023