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What to know about skin cancer

Texas residents who are over the age of 50 may be at an elevated risk of Merkel cell carcinoma. However, the majority of those who experience this condition are over the age of 70. Other risk factors for this condition include being a male and having light or fair skin. Those who have immune suppression or spent time in the sun or in tanning beds may also be at a higher risk for this type of cancer.

Signs of this type of cancer include lesions appearing anywhere that has been exposed to the sun. However, they most commonly appear on the head, neck and on the eyelids. They are painless and may be skin-colored. Lesions may also appear purple, blue or red, and they are generally the size of a dime. Early detection may make the condition easier to cure, but it can spread rapidly if not caught and treated soon enough.

Patients are advised to tell their doctors about any new lesions or growths or any changes to existing ones. Those who have had MCC in the past may have extra incentive to talk to their doctor if they notice anything unusual, especially if the lesion or growth occurs on a previously treated site.

If a misdiagnosed cancer causes harm to a patient, that patient may be able to file a lawsuit against the medical professional who made the error. An attorney may be able to gather evidence that negligence played a role in the incorrect diagnosis being made. That may entitled a person to compensation for medical bills, lost future earnings or other damages incurred.

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