Uveal melanoma: the risk factors

What causes uveal melanoma? For now, we know little about any environmental risk factors for this tumor, which occurs most frequently in men and women aged between 50 and 70..
  • People with blue, green or gray eyes have a two- or three-times greater risk of developing this cancer than those with brown eyes.
  • This cancer is in fact more prevalent in Scandinavian countries than in the rest of Europe.
  • In one of their latest publications, researchers from Institut Curie, in collaboration with Richard Marais’ team at Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, show that, unlike skin melanoma, there does not appear to be any link between sun exposure and uveal melanoma. (1)