Epidemiology of Intraocular Melanoma

  • M. A. Tucker
  • P. Hartge
  • J. A. Shields
Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 102)


Intraocular malignant melanoma (IMM) is a relatively rare tumor, but it affects an estimated 2000 people in the United States yearly. It is the most common primary tumor of the eye in adults (Shields 1983). The incidence of IMM has been studied in descriptive studies of populations and in case reports of individuals and families. Because of the rarity of the disease, few analytic studies have been undertaken. We recently completed a case-control study of 509 IMM patients and equal number of patients with detached retinas seen by Dr. Jerry Shields at the Ocular Oncology Service of the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. We include preliminary findings from that study in this review.


Cutaneous Melanoma Uveal Melanoma Hair Color Choroidal Melanoma Ocular Melanoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. Tucker
    • 1
  • P. Hartge
    • 1
  • J. A. Shields
    • 1
  1. 1.National Cancer InsituteBethesdaUSA

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