Prevention for Lacrimal Gland Tumor

Executive Summary

The risk of lacrimal gland tumor increases with age. People between 30 to 40 years are more prone to the disease. Some general precautions can be taken to prevent lacrimal gland tumor or other disease conditions. Some of the primary preventive measures for lacrimal gland tumor include eating a healthy and balanced diet, controlling body weight, being physically active by following regular exercise, avoiding the tobacco use and limiting the intake of alcohol, and undergoing regular medical check-ups and care.

Prevention from Lacrimal Gland Tumor

Lacrimal glands are a pair of exocrine glands that secrete tears. When a tumor grows in these glands, it is called a lacrimal gland tumor. The gland is located beneath the outer part of each eyebrow. The tumor growth can be benign or malignant, with most cases being benign tumors. 

Lacrimal gland tumors are of different types. The tumor types like adenoid cystic carcinomas or pleomorphic adenomas occur in people above 40 years of age. On the other hand, lacrimal gland lymphomas are generally seen in people 70 years of age or above. Like most tumors, lacrimal gland tumors are seen due to abnormal cell division. Tumor growth is also associated with genetic abnormalities.

Lacrimal gland tumors can cause swelling in the affected area. The swelling may be chronic or acute. Acute swelling may be caused by viral or bacterial infections such as Epstein-Barr virus, mumps, staphylococcus or gonococcus. The chronic swelling may result from any underlying non-infectious inflammatory disorders like sarcoidosis, thyroid eye disorder or orbital pseudotumor.

The risk of lacrimal gland tumors increases with age. People between 30 to 40 years are more prone to the disease. People having a history of lymphomas or tumors, previous benign tumors not wholly eradicated, are also at a high risk of developing the disease.

Some general precautions can be taken to prevent lacrimal gland tumor or any other disease conditions in general. Listed below are some cancer or tumor preventive measures or tips one can follow to lead a cancer-free, healthy lifestyle ​1​.

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet: 

Eating a balanced diet is essential in maintaining our overall well-being. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Avoid refined, oily, and charred foods. Including whole grains, pulses and nuts in your diet can be a healthy option. Limit the intake of processed meat.

  • Controlling body weight:

Maintaining a healthy weight is essential in leading a disease-free life. Eat light as per your body requirement, rather than indulging in eating large amounts of junk. Obesity stands as the foremost reason for most kinds of diseases. Controlling body weight can increase a person’s life efficiency.

  • Regular Exercise:

Being physically active and fit can help people lead a healthy, cancer-free lifestyle. Exercising regularly can help control body weight and improve the quality of life. People can practice simple exercises, yoga, and meditation daily to decrease their cancer risk and many other lifestyle diseases.

  • Don’t use tobacco and limit the intake of alcohol:

Tobacco is considered a primary cause in increasing a person’s risk of most forms of cancer. Avoiding tobacco use can be a significant step in preventing cancer and other major diseases. If you find it challenging to quit smoking or any form of tobacco use, you can consult a qualified medical professional who can suggest ways to quit the use and control the urge.

Limit the intake of alcohol or altogether quit the habit of drinking. Drinking can cause adverse effects on one’s health. So, controlling the habit is essential to lead a healthy, productive life.

  • Regular medical check-ups and care

Regular self-examinations and screenings can help people to detect cancers early. People need to carry out a complete body check-up at least twice a year. People should observe their bodies and closely look for changes, signs or symptoms of any disease. If a person experiences any signs or symptoms, they should not hesitate to consult a doctor and get a proper diagnosis. People are encouraged to ask questions and clear their doubts regarding any medical condition or disease.

References

  1. 1.
    Woo KI, Yeom A, Esmaeli B. Management of Lacrimal Gland Carcinoma. Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Published online January 2016:1-10. doi:10.1097/iop.0000000000000531