Merkel Cell Carcinoma
Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC) is a rare skin/neuroendocrine cancer. MCC is about 40 times more rare than melanoma and three times more deadly. About 2,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. every year.
Most people have never heard of it and many doctors and dermatologists have not seen a case of it in their practice. Many patients are initially misdiagnosed as having a cyst or benign bump and told not to worry about it. MCC is an aggressive cancer. Wasted time can lead to growth of a primary tumor or metastasis to lymph nodes and organs. Finding the most knowledgeable medical resources for diagnosis and treatment is essential.
Getting the support of others who are also coping with MCC can be a helpful way of getting information and feeling less overwhelmed, lost or frightened.
The MCC Seattle Support Group is here to help and provide some hope during a difficult time. We invite you to look over our website for more information about us, our meeting schedule, and other helpful MCC related resources.