Merkel-cell carcinoma is a rare and highly aggressive kind of skin cancer. It progresses fast and is known for recurrences in patients declared free of it after treatment. One of the factors behind its occurrence is the Merkel cell polyomavirus, which develops a special mutation in cancerous cells. It occurs most frequently in parts of the face, hands and neck exposed to the sun. This cancer is considered to be a neuroendocrine tumor by oncologists. The cancer is treated with surgery and chemotherapy.
HOW IS MERKEL CELL CARCINOMA DIAGNOSED?
The cancer attacks the nearest lymph nodes and spreads fast, hence early diagnosis and treatment is essential.