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Stages of Skin Cancer on the Eyelid

The following stages are used for nonmelanoma skin cancer on the eyelid:

Stage 0 (Carcinoma in Situ)

In stage 0abnormal cells are found in the epidermis (topmost layer of the skin). These abnormal cells may become cancer and spread into nearby normal tissue. Stage 0 is also called carcinoma in situ.

Stage I

Stage I is divided into stages IA, IB, and IC.

Stage II

In stage II, one of the following is true:

  • The tumor is larger than 20 millimeters.
  • The tumor has spread to nearby parts of the eye or eye socket.
  • The tumor has spread to spaces around the nerves in the eyelid.

Stage III

Stage III is divided into stages IIIA, IIIB, and IIIC.

Stage IV

The tumor has spread to distant parts of the body.


    Adapted from the National Cancer Institute’s Physician Data Query (PDQ(r)) Cancer Information Summaries ( Date last modified: November 10, 2014

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