It’s all about awareness.
Ocular melanoma awareness. It’s a cause pretty close to our hearts around here. Or pretty close to our eyes I should say. What is ocular melanoma (OM)? It’s a rare eye cancer. And it’s a killer. Anyone can get it. Anyone. So ocular melanoma awareness is key.
How can I help boost awareness, you ask? Easy. Learn a few facts, spread the word, and help save a life!
Did you know?
Ocular melanoma is a rare eye cancer diagnosed in 6 people per 1 million every year. It develops as a tumor in the melanocytes (or pigmanted layer… think freckle gone crazy) of the eye’s choroid, iris or ciliary body. The best way to detect a primary ocular tumor is through a full-dilation medical eye exam. So get those eyes dilated at your next appointment!
While the initial tumor is nearly always treatable, about 50% of patients will develop fatal metastases. Currently, there is no cure for metastatic ocular melanoma. However, promising evidence exists that early detection, genetic analysis, targeted treatment, and integrative therapy may guarantee better results.
Awareness makes everything possible… more research, better treatments, a stronger support community and, ultimately, a cure.
Where can I learn more?
There are a number of top organizations dedicated to ocular melanoma awareness, patient advocacy, and scientific research. Among these are two of our favorites:
- A Cure In Sight at www.acureinsight.net
A Cure In Sight™ generates funds through the sale of ocular melanoma awareness products by accepting donations of money, travel vouchers/frequent flyer miles, time share stays, hotel vouchers, gift cards, and gas cards to help patients find and pay for necessary treatments otherwise outside of their medical budget. An OM diagnosis does not have to mean financial crisis… when there is A Cure In Sight™.
- The Ocular Melanoma Foundation at www.ocularmelanoma.org
The Ocular Melanoma Foundation (OMF) is a non-profit organization committed to accelerating scientific research and awareness of ocular/uveal melanoma and to providing education and support to patients, their families and medical professionals.
OMF’s mission is to accelerate and enhance scientific research, advocacy, and awareness of ocular melanoma and to provide education and support to patients, their families, and healthcare professionals.
For patient and their loved ones, OMF aspires to be the top destination for up-to-date OM-related educational information, a meeting place, and advocacy resource. For doctors and researchers, OMF strives to be the connective tissue, facilitating interdisciplinary cancer research.
The goal of OMF is to have there exist accessible and effective treatments for ocular melanoma and, one day, a cure.
As you can “see,” a good supply of information exists. Now it’s up to each of us to learn and share. After all… sharing is caring and eye believe in a cure!