What Is Merkel Cell Carcinoma?

Merkel cell carcinoma is a form of skin cancer that is rare but extremely fast-moving and aggressive. If your dermatologist detects Merkel cell carcinoma early, it can usually be successfully treated, though recurrence is common. Regular skin screenings with your dermatologist are essential to diagnose this kind of skin cancer as early as possible so that treatment can begin.

Merkel cell carcinoma is most common in fair-skinned men over ager 50, but it can occur in anyone. The tumors are typically painless and look like nodules, and they may be red, purple, or skin-colored. Excising the tumor, immunotherapy, and chemotherapy may all be used in treatment. It’s important to get any suspicious lump checked out by your dermatologist, as early treatment is associated with better outcomes.

At Arlington Dermatology, we perform full-body skin checks to help you catch skin cancer in its early stages. To make an appointment with a dermatologist in Arlington today, please call (847) 725-0824.

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