We first observed Ocular Melanoma (OM) Month last year while a high school friend of mine battled this disease. Deborah Smith gained her Angel Wings on June 24th, 2020. Like most people I had never heard of OM prior to Deborah’s battle. The importance of annual eye exams was something Deborah talked about.

Ocular melanoma is the most common primary cancer of the eye in adults. It is diagnosed in about 2,000 adults every year in the United States and occurs most often in lightly pigmented individuals with a median age of 55 years. However, it can occur in all races and at any age.

“OM” for short, ocular melanoma is a malignant tumor that can grow and spread to other parts of the body – this process, known as metastasis, is most often fatal and occurs in about half of all cases.

Although produced from the same cells in the body, called melanocytes, OM is different from skin (or cutaneous) melanoma. Ocular Melanoma is the second most common type of melanoma after cutaneous and represents about 5% of all melanomas.

Ocular Melanoma Foundation

I will be posting more in the coming days, but now lets start with this video: