Merkel cell carcinoma

Pronunciation: (MER-kul sel KAR-sih-NOH-muh)

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 cancer, 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.

2009-10-29 Date last modified: 2008-10-17Merkel Cell Carcinoma TreatmentTratamiento del carcinoma de células de Merkel