Can Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) be prevented?

You cannot prevent MCC. You can reduce your likelihood of developing this condition — and any skin cancer — by protecting your skin from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Protecting your skin from UV light may include:

  • Limiting your exposure to sunlight
  • Applying and reapplying appropriate sunscreen products while outside
  • Wearing protective clothing while outside
  • Avoiding tanning beds or sunlamps

You can also examine your skin regularly for any signs of change. If you notice any skin changes, see your doctor as soon as possible.

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