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Can people with dark skin get Merkel cell carcinoma?

It's pretty rare for people with dark skin to develop Merkel cell carcinoma. This may be due in part to the fact that darker skin contains more pigment to protect from ultraviolet rays. In general, Merkel cell carcinoma mostly affects Caucasians with lighter skin. There have been very few cases of African-American people with Merkel cell carcinoma.

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