Neuroendocrine Skin Carcinoma: Merkel Cell Carcinoma Literature Review for a Case Study

Desiderio Adrián,

Published on: 2022-12-30


Merkel cell carcinoma, also called neuroendocrine skin of the skin, is a very rare type of skin cancer that generally appears as a bluish meat or red color nodule, more frequently in the facial, head, and neck region. Merkel cell carcinoma develops mainly in older people since long-term exposure or a weak immune system can increase the risk of developing it. Merkel cells are at the base of the outermost layer of the skin (epidermis) and are connected to nerve endings that are responsible for the sense of touch. It tends to grow quickly and spread to other parts of the body. Therefore, the treatment options for Merkel cell carcinoma depend on whether the cancer has spread beyond the skin.

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