Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the Skin

Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the Skin: An Overview

Neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin is a rare form of skin cancer. It is also known as malignant melanoma, and it tends to develop on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun. This form of cancer is caused by abnormal growth of the cells that line the sweat glands. It is typically found in adults over the age of 50, and can typically be treated successfully if caught early.

Neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin often appears as a dark or black patch on the skin. It can also present as a pigmented growth or an ulcer with a red, scaly border. It can be found on any part of the body, but is more commonly seen on the head, neck, and hands. It is important to note that this form of skin cancer typically does not have the classic features of melanoma.

If diagnosed early, neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin can be treated with surgery and/or chemotherapy. This type of cancer is often responsive to chemotherapy, so it is important to start treatment as soon as possible. In more advanced cases, radiation may also be used to shrink the tumor. If the tumor is very large or if it has spread to other areas of the body, additional treatments may be necessary.

If you have any signs or symptoms of neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin, make sure to consult your physician right away. Early detection and treatment can often lead to a better outcome. Below are some of the common symptoms of this type of cancer:

  • A dark or black patch on the skin
  • A pigmented growth or ulcer with a red scaly border
  • Changes in the appearance of a mole
  • A lump or bump on the skin
  • Any other unusual skin changes or growths