What is the incidence of Merkel cell carcinoma in the US?

Updated: Jan 18, 2019
  • Author: Arjun S Joshi, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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MCC is a rare neoplasm. In the United States, the estimated annual incidence of MCC is 0.23 per 100,000 Caucasian individuals; this rate roughly translates to 470 new cases yearly. The tumor is rare in people of other races. For example, African Americans have an annual incidence of 0.01 per 100,000 population.


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