Eye Cancer: Statistics

What are statistics?

Some people use numbers called statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of being cured. Because no two people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to one person. The statistics below describe large groups of people. They do not take into account a person's own risk factors, such as family history, behaviors, or cancer screenings. If you have questions, talk with your healthcare provider.

What are the statistics for eye cancer?

Here are some statistics about eye cancer from the American Cancer Society:

  • An estimated 2,810 new cases of primary eye cancers will be diagnosed in the United States in 2016.

  • Most, but not all of the new cases of primary eye cancers in adults will be melanomas. Lymphomas are the next most common.

  • Cancers that spread to the eye from other parts of the body are more common than primary eye cancers. 

  • About 280 Americans will die from eye cancer in 2016.