Eye Cancer In Children
Retinoblastoma and medulloepithelioma are the most common eye cancer types in children. Retinoblastoma is found in the retina of children below five years of age and most commonly starts when the child is in the mother's womb. Retinoblastoma occurs when eye cells - called retinoblasts - continue to grow uncontrollably and form a cancerous tumor. Common signs of this condition include white eye, cat eye, irritated and red eyes, crossed eyes and enlargement of the eye. Medulloepithelioma is an extremely rare yet aggressive form of cancer that starts in the ciliary body of children between the ages of six months and five years. The tumor is characterized by eye pain, loss of vision and seizures because of its rapid growth. However, unlike retinoblastoma, this type of cancer rarely spreads to other parts of the body.