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Can Merkel cell carcinoma be prevented?

Unfortunately, Merkel cell carcinoma can't really be prevented. However, there are some things you can do that may reduce your risk for the disease. Since sun exposure is a significant risk factor, do your best to protect your skin from the sun. Avoid going outside during the sun's strongest hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and use sunscreen year-round. Also, make sure to be checking your skin regularly for any unusual growths or bumps. Since Merkel cell carcinoma develops very quickly, talk to your doctor right away so you can best prevent the cancer from spreading.

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