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What are the symptoms of Merkel cell carcinoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The main symptom of Merkel cell carcinoma is a tumor that looks like a flesh-colored or reddish-blue bump on the skin. These growths are usually relatively small and are painless, but they can grow very quickly, even in just a few weeks or months. Merkel cell carcinomas often develop on areas of skin that are exposed to the sun, most commonly on the face and neck, but they can develop almost anywhere.

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