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What is Merkel cell cancer?

What is Merkel cell cancer?

  • Merkel cell cancer: A rapidly growing, aggressive form of skin cancer that occur on or just under the skin.

Merkel cell cancer is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Merkel cell cancer, or a subtype of Merkel cell cancer, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Merkel cell cancer: Introduction

Types of Merkel cell cancer:

Broader types of Merkel cell cancer:

How serious is Merkel cell cancer?

Prognosis of Merkel cell cancer: The prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options depend on the following: The stage of the cancer , site, recurrence and age of the patient.
Complications of Merkel cell cancer: see complications of Merkel cell cancer

What causes Merkel cell cancer?

Causes of Merkel cell cancer: see causes of Merkel cell cancer

What are the symptoms of Merkel cell cancer?

Symptoms of Merkel cell cancer: see symptoms of Merkel cell cancer

Complications of Merkel cell cancer: see complications of Merkel cell cancer

Onset of Merkel cell cancer: Merkel cell carcinoma is more common in the elderly, with most cases occurring after the age of 50. It is slightly more common in men, and occurs on parts of the body commonly exposed to sunlight.

Merkel cell cancer: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Merkel cell cancer.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Merkel cell cancer.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Merkel cell cancer: Oncologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Merkel cell cancer.
Treatments for Merkel cell cancer: see treatments for Merkel cell cancer
Research for Merkel cell cancer: see research for Merkel cell cancer

Name and Aliases of Merkel cell cancer

Main name of condition: Merkel cell cancer

Other names or spellings for Merkel cell cancer:

Carcinoma, merkel cell, Merkle tumors, Merkel cell carcinoma, Neuroendocrine cancer

Carcinoma, merkel cell, Merkel cell carcinoma, Merkle tumors
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Merkel cell cancer: Related Conditions

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