Merkel Cell Carcinoma is a rare type of skin cancer that is represented by occurrence of flesh coloured or bluish-red nodules on the skin, more often on the face, neck or head. Also known as the neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin, the condition usually develops in older people. The first sign of the condition is fast growing painless nodule on the skin.
HOW IS MERKEL CELL CARCINOMA DIAGNOSED?
An oncologist would carry out a full physical examination of the skin looking for moles, nodules, spots, freckles and other abnormal growth. A sample of this growth would be sent for a biopsy to confirm diagnosis of this disease.
HOW IS MERKEL CELL CARCINOMA TREATED?
Surgical removal of the nodules are the best treatment for this problem. It is followed with radiation and chemotherapy to ensure that the cancerous cells are totally destroyed and hence reduces risks of recurrence.
DID YOU KNOW?
Merkel cell carcinoma usually arises in people who have light-coloured skin. Whites are much more likely to be affected by this skin cancer than are blacks.