This is a rare type of skin cancer which is usually a rapidly enlarging, flesh coloured painless lump on the skin. At times it can have a purple/blue hue. It tends to occur in those who are immunocompromised or in the elderly and in sun exposed areas of skin.

Merkel Cell Carcinoma can behave aggressively and can spread in a similar fashion as Melanoma to lymph nodes, locally and to other sites in the body.

Diagnosis is made by a surgical excision and then a management plan can be made which may involve the following or a combination of treatments:


More information

British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
Society of Surgical Oncology
General Medical Council
Royal College of Surgeons