Ocular melanoma is rare, affecting approximately five in a million people. While it represents only 5% of melanomas, ocular melanoma is rapid and aggressive, accounting for 9% of melanoma deaths. Also referred to as uveal melanoma, ocular is a more inclusive term; 90% of primary ocular melanoma develops in the choroid.


There are no established risk factors for ocular melanoma, but it often occurs in blue-eyed, fair-skinned people over sixty years old. Treatment can be successful if the tumours in the eye are caught early. Around 50% of tumours will metastasize, usually in two to five years. Metastasis is to the liver in approximately 90% of these cases, but can also occur in the lungs, bones, brain or abdomen.


For more information about ocular melanoma, please click on the following links to download-able documents we have created with the permission of CureOM, an initiative of Melanoma Research Foundation.  Thank you to the team at CureOM for their inspiration and support:

Ocular Melanoma Fact Sheet
Questions to Ask Your Doctor – Primary OM   |  Questions to Ask Your Doctor – Metastatic OM
OM Fact Sheet – Follow-Up Care Questions   |  OM Fact Sheet – Caregiver Questions


Click here to read one metastatic ocular melanoma survivor’s experienced perspective and direct guidance on the current landscape of options in ocular melanoma treatment in Canada:  Opening Our Eyes To Ocular Melanoma


Click here to read more about ocular melanoma and available testing in Canada: Uveal Melanoma, Prognostic Genetic Test


We have also just published a recording of our webinar February 15, 2019: Ocular Melanoma – Innovative Treatments and Beyond

Click here to view the recording, or watch it on our YouTube channel HERE


OM Guidelines for Management; Scanning frequency recommended by Thomas Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia – world leaders in treating ocular melanoma metastasis


NOTE: The information on the Save Your Skin Foundation website is not intended to replace the medical advice of a doctor or healthcare provider. While we make every effort to ensure that the information on our site is as current as possible, please note that information and statistics are subject to change as new research and studies are published. 

Making awareness and education available is crucial. Since 2006, the Foundation has worked to raise awareness of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, and ocular melanoma, focusing on the need for improved patient care.
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