In support of Deborah Smith, whom we have been praying for and who continues to fight Ocular Melanoma (OM) Metastatic Disease, along with all those afflicted with OM, we will be raising awareness and doubling up on our prayers.
So what is OM?
Ocular melanoma (melanoma in or around the eye) is a type of cancer that develops in the cells that produce pigment. Pigment gives color to your skin, hair and eyes. Just as you can develop melanoma on your skin, you can also develop it inside your eye or on your conjunctiva.
What about Metastatic Disease?
According to the Ocular Melanoma Foundation, Metastatic melanoma (also known as stage IV) is a general term for the spreading of cancer beyond its original site. The liver is the most common site of metastasis in ocular melanoma. Among those who develop metastatic disease, 90% of patients develop liver disease. However, ocular melanoma can spread to any organ in the body. After the liver, common sites include the lung, bones and brain. Even though the cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body, since the cells remain melanoma cells, this cancer is called metastatic melanoma.
May is Ocular Melanoma Awareness Month
Here’s what’s happening!
- Friday May 15th, Saturday May 16th and Sunday May 17th is Eye Patch Days. OMF says “Wearing an eye patch is a great way to start a conversation with co-workers, friends and neighbors about OM and how important it is to see an ophthalmologist regularly.”
- Where do I get a Patch? Click on the little guy with a patch below.
- Wednesday May 20th is OM Awareness Day
- Ocular Melanoma Foundation
- The Mayo Clinic – Eye Melanoma
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- A Cure In Sight™