• Interesting info from Vision Service Plan

    Asked by BuckeyeShelby on Thursday, September 21, 2017

    Interesting info from Vision Service Plan

    This was in a newsletter from VSP:

    Not only does October bring Halloween costumes and candy galore, October marks a special remembrance as it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.

    Chances are you or someone you know has been impacted by this disease, as about 1 in 8 U.S. women develop breast cancer1. So what does eye health have to do with breast cancer?

    This may come as a surprise, but your annual eye exam can detect certain signs of cancer.


    4 Answers from the Community

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    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      • Cancer metastasis, or the spreading of cancer cells into a new area of the body, can appear in and around the eye.
      • Typically this form of metastasis develops in women with breast cancer, and typically in men with lung cancer.
      • Around 47% of intraocular metastatic tumors develop from breast cancer.
      Are there symptoms?
      • While symptoms may not always arise, some may experience blurred vision.
      • It’s more common to develop a metastatic tumor on the inside of your eye rather than on the outside..
      What can you do?
      • The best defense against breast cancer is early detection. Always report any changes or symptoms to your doctor without delay.
      • Schedule your annual eye exam with your VSP network doctor today.

      10 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Wow. I knew they could tell a lot about your health through eye exams. This was all new information, though. Interesting!

      10 months ago
    • DoreenLouise's Avatar

      I developed a thin light blue ring around my iris next to the white part of my eyeball. My iris is dark brown. I have noticed the same discoloration in many women with breast cancer.

      10 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      Shelby, thank you! I'd heard awhile ago that breast cancer can metastasize to the eye, but then, as that bodily place is almost never mentioned along with the usual places where breast mets usually go, I thought I'd heard wrong.

      10 months ago

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