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Does Merkel cell carcinoma run in families?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Although the exact cause is unknown, Merkel cell carcinoma doesn't seem to run in families. Researchers think that Merkel cell carcinoma may be caused by some kind of abnormality in the genes in the Merkel cells, which are found in the top layer of skin. However, this abnormality seems to happen spontaneously, so it's not something that's passed down from parents to children.

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