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.