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Causes of Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Causes of Merkel Cell Carcinoma: A Summary

The exact causes of Merkel cell carcinoma are not known. However, researchers have learned that:
  • Merkel cell carcinoma can develop quickly in people who have had an organ transplant and are taking drugs to suppress their immune system (called immunosuppressives)
  • Exposure to arsenic may increase the risk of developing the disease
  • Exposure to sunlight may play a role in developing Merkel cell carcinoma, because the disease usually occurs on the face, head, and neck.
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