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Skin cancers of the eyelid, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma, account for five to 10 percent of all skin cancers. Ninety five percent of these tumors are basal cell carcinomas or squamous cell carcinomas, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Eyelid tumors often grow under the skin for years before presenting on the surface. Make sure you wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and the skin around them.