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There is no national screening programme in the UK for eye cancer. Find out more about this. 

Screening means testing people for early stages of an illness before they have any symptoms. For screening to be useful the tests:

  • must be reliable at picking up the illness
  • must be simple and quick
  • overall must do more good than harm to people taking part

Screening for eye cancer

There is no national screening programme in the UK for eye cancer. These cancers are not common and there are no specific tests available to screen for eye cancers.

You can do a couple of things to make sure early signs of eye cancer are spotted. Regular optician appointments are the best way of checking for eye cancer. Opticians sometimes find eye melanomas when they are doing routine eye examinations. 

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) referral guidelines for GPs recommend that children should be checked soon after birth if they have a parent or brother or sister with retinoblastoma.

You may notice symptoms of eye cancer yourself. This is a very rare cancer, but if you notice any changes in the way your eye looks or feels, see your GP.

Talk to your GP if you think you are at higher than average risk of eye cancer.

Last reviewed: 
10 Jun 2015
  • Suspected cancer: recognition and referral
    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), June 2015

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