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Does Merkel cell carcinoma affect men differently than women?

Merkel cell carcinoma affects men and women in pretty much the same ways. In both sexes, it causes rapidly-growing tumors that look like small skin-colored or red bumps. While Merkel cell carcinoma affects the sexes differently, other characteristics such as age and race may actually affect the development of the cancer. Generally, Merkel cell carcinoma occurs much more frequently in men and women who are over age 50 and have light skin.

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