Merkel cell cancer

Pronunciation: (MER-kul sel KAN-ser)

A rare type of cancer that forms on or just beneath the skin, usually in parts of the body that have been exposed to the sun. It is most common in older people and in people with weakened immune systems. Also called Merkel cell carcinoma, neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin, and trabecular cancer.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Anatomy of the skin showing the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue. Merkel cells are in the layer of basal cells at the deepest part of the epidermis and are connected to nerves.

Date last modified: 2008-10-17Merkel Cell Carcinoma TreatmentCarcinoma de células de Merkel: Tratamiento