Pterygium and Melanoma

MiVision Nov 2017, Issue 129

New Study Shows Pterygium is Red Flag for Melanoma

A person with a pterygium on the eye is 24 per cent more likely to develop a malignant melanoma of the skin, according to a Western Australian (WA) study.

Researchers from the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) examined almost 20,000 WA patient records of hospital-treated pterygium from 1979 to 2014 and found a strong link between the eye condition and melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer.

“… the increased risk of developing melanoma, to recommend lifestyle changes and to promote regular skin checks because early detection of melanoma can save lives.”