Merkel Cell Cancer
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Merkel Cell Cancer - A very rare and aggressive form of skin cancer that begins in the Merkel cells on or just beneath the skin. Merkel cells are large, oval, hormone-making cells found in the top layer of the skin, close to nerve endings that are related to the sense of touch. Merkel cell cancer most often occurs in adults over 50 years of age, and has been linked to prolonged sun exposure as well as a weakened immune system. This disease usually starts in areas of the skin that have been exposed to the sun, such as the head, neck, arms, and legs. Also called Merkel cell carcinoma, neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin, and trabecular cancer.
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