The most common eyelid cancers are the skin cancers basal cell carcinoma (rodent ulcer) and squamous carcinoma.
These tend not to spread elsewhere in the body and usually do not cause sickness or death. They do destroy the tissues around them, however, and can destroy the eyelids or the eye itself. It is essential that any cancerous growth around the eyelids is treated as early as possible.
Depending on the size of the cancerous growth the eyelid can be reconstructed with simple sutures or by one of numerous reconstructive techniques. In almost all cases it is possible to achieve a functional, comfortable eyelid that has an aesthetically pleasing appearance with good eyelid position and shape.