Merkel Cell Carcinoma is a rare type of skin cancer that appears as a flesh coloured or a bluish-red nodule on the neck, face or head. Merkel Cell Carcinoma is also referred to as neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin. The characteristic symptom is appearance of a fast growing, painless nodule on skin of areas like neck, head or face.
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?
Surgery to remove any nodules or tumours would be performed on patients with Merkel cell carcinoma. Radiation and chemotherapy would be prescribed to ensure that the cancer does not spread or return.
DID YOU KNOW?
This disorder develops in older people who have a weak immune system and have been exposed to the sun for long periods of time.