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Screening for eye cancer

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This page tells you about screening for eye cancer. Screening means testing people for early signs of cancer before they have any symptoms.

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. There is more information about these referral guidelines in this section.

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.

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Updated: 10 June 2015