Breast Cancer Awareness Can Help Save Your Eyes
On Friday, October 1st the physicians and staff of West Georgia Eye Care Center united to raise awareness of breast cancer by collectively wearing pink. Though not well known, breast cancer and lung cancer are the leading causes of metastatic eye tumors. We care about raising awareness because we are committed to eye care, and because we love our patients as well as our mothers, our sisters and our daughters.
The most common form of primary eye cancer (ocular melanoma) may not have any noticeable symptoms in its early stages. Most melanomas form in the part of the eye that is not visible in the mirror so patients may not even know that it is present. Comprehensive eye exams include an evaluation of the areas of the eye where melanoma typically forms. On occasion, an eye exam may even be the first indication of metastatic cancer from another organ of the body, such as from the breast. This makes awareness all the more important.
The Ocular Melanoma Foundation (OMF) is a nonprofit resource for eye cancer research funding and patient / caregiver support. Their goal is kindred to the goal of the National Breast Cancer Association and many other related organizations. The goal for today is to assure accessible and effective diagnosis and treatment, and one day – a cure!
West Georgia Eye Care Center supports those worthwhile goals and, if it raises breast cancer awareness, participates in the power of pink!