What is the US incidence of ciliary body melanoma?

Updated: Mar 03, 2020
  • Author: Enrique Garcia-Valenzuela, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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The incidence of primary intraocular melanoma is 4.3-6 cases per 1 million population per year. Ciliary body melanoma represents about one tenth of all intraocular melanomas. A higher incidence of uveal melanoma has been reported in the southern latitudes of the United States than in the northern latitudes. This difference may be the effect of more sunlight exposure in the lower latitudes or a tendency of older Americans to retire to the South.


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