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Doctor insights on: Merkel Cell Cancer Skin Cancer

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How rare is merkel cell cancer?

How rare is merkel cell cancer?

Pretty rare: During a given year, maybe one person in 250, 000 in the usa gets a merkel cell cancer. The highest risk is in very old white people, with 3 in 100, 000 per year. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What are the tests for merkel cell cancer?

What are the tests for merkel cell cancer?

Examination, biopsy: Some merkel cell cancers can be diagnosed by history and appearance. More often, a simple in-office biopsy and pathologic examination is necessary for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of merkel cell cancer?

Painless skinnodule: Rare lethal skin cancer, rapidly spreads appear as painless fleshy skin nodule, in elderly, and in immuno suppressed individuals, arises from neuro endocrine cells of skin, resemble small cell cancers of lung by microscope.. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about merkel cell cancer?

What can you tell me about merkel cell cancer?

Aggressive cancer: This is an uncommon aggressive skin cancer linked to sun exposure and a specific virus exposure (merkel cell polyoma virus). It is treated with surgical removal to begin with; advanced cases may need radiation or/and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What is a merkel cell or a merkel cell cancer?

What is a merkel cell or a merkel cell cancer?

Rare skin cancer: Merkel cell is a rare skin cancer which must be treated surgically. It is derived from neuron doctrine cells and is rare compared to melanoma, basal or squamous cell carcinoma. It can occur on the face or extremities mad removal may recur lymph node dissection. It can spread to lymph nodes and radiation may be used after surgery to increase cure. ...Read more

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Does anyone know some information about merkel cell cancer?

Skin cancer: Merkel cell cancer is a malignancy that comes from cells in the skin related to neural components. It is usually on the head and neck but can occur anywhere. The treatment is surgery, wide excision with sentinel node biopsy since mcc can spread to lymph nodes. Radiation therapy is sometimes given to the area around the lymph nodes. It's cause is unknown. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for merkel cell cancer?

Surgery: The treatment for merkel cell skin cancer is usually surgery, most often a wide excision along with sentinel node biopsy. ...Read more

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What causes skin cancer cells to go from normal to a cancer?

What causes skin cancer cells to go from normal to a cancer?

Ultraviolet light: While there is a new study implicating cigarette smoking as a contributing factor, most research points to ultraviolet light (sunshine, tanning bed, welding torch rays) as the most common trigger. More rarely, long term exposure to certain chemicals can also cause this in factory or farm workers whose skin is constantly exposed. A weakened immune system can aid the transformation. ...Read more

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I have had and currently have vascular cell skin cancer. Could this lead to different cancer?

I have had and currently have vascular cell skin cancer.  Could this lead to different cancer?

Basal cell cancer: I am notmxpsure I have ever heard of a vascular cell skin cancer. Generally it doesn't lead to another type of skin cancer but is likely indicative that you are at a higher risk for developing other new basal skin cancers. ...Read more

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What does squamous cell skin cancer look like?

What does squamous cell skin cancer look like?

Different things...: Squamous cell skin cancer (scca) can take different appearances. In general the lesion will progressively enlarge. It is usually scaly and dry appearing and can have ulceration. It may bleed, esp. If picked at. It may be painless or itch. Early ones usually don't hurt. There are some benign skin lesions which mimic scca. Have any suspicious lesions examined and/or biopsied. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more