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Does Merkel cell carcinoma increase my risk for other skin cancer?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Merkel cell carcinoma may not necessarily increase the risk for other types of skin cancer, but it has a high rate of recurrence. This means that even after treatment, Merkel cell carcinoma comes back in about 50% of people with the disease. Merkel cell carcinoma may not lead to other cancers, but it still may have a connection to other skin cancers. Merkel cell carcinoma may develop after having another type of cancer, like basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma.

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