Merkel cell cancer is a rare and aggressive skin cancer.

This rare skin cancer, merkel cell cancer usually appears as solitary bluish-red or flesh colored nodules.

They often appear quite similar to common skin cancer and are usually found on sun-exposed areas such as your face, head or neck.

It also can appear on your legs and arms and even on other areas of the body not usually exposed to the sun.

Because it can look similar to the most common skin cancers, it usually takes a biopsy to properly diagnose that it is merkel cell cancer.

Warning Signs of merkel cell cancer

Common warning signs or symptoms of merkel skin cancer are basically the same as all skin cancers.

Any change in the skin, new growth or change in an existing mole. It appears as a painless firm lump, bluish-red or flesh (pink) in color.

This type of cancer grows rapidly in just a few weeks or months.

Do a regular self exam and see your doctor at least once a year for a thorough skin examination. See your doctor immediately when any change occurs.


In the early stages surgery is the most common treatment. Mohs micrographic surgery is a good alternative for removing the merkel cell tumor from the face, to limit the amount of healthy tissue removed.

The surgeon may remove the lymph nodes to prevent the cancer from coming back.

Treatment may also include radiation therapy to decrease the chance of a merkel cell tumor recurring.

If the merkel cell carcinoma has spread beyond the lymph nodes to areas that cannot be treated by radiation, then chemotherapy is the usual treatment. chemotherapy is the usual treatment.

It’s never too late to consider eating a healthy whole foods diet, supplements as needed, or a macrobiotic diet.

I did them all when I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma and there’s no doubt, it helped me to recover and improved my quality of life.

My cancer had advanced to a stage 3.

I went through chemotherapy, major surgery and radiation treatments.

I’m still eating healthy and enjoying my life today since 1990. 

Links related to Merkel Cell Carcinoma:
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell Cancer
Kaposi Sarcoma
Sebaceous Gland Carcinoma
Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans
Amelanotic Melanoma
Nodular Melanoma
Superficial Spreading Melanoma

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Updated July 1, 2015


Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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Our Cancer Stories are so similar, mine and Gary's! - by Valerie  

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Bottom Line
The Weather Channel has done well posting this information and photos to help you spot skin cancer, including melanoma.
It can be hard to spot, even for a professional.
The bottom line is to get an expert's opinion about any suspicious mole or lesion on your skin. If necessary, get a second opinion  and/or request a biopsy. it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t put your very life at risk!