Trabecular cancer, also called Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare type of skin cancer. It starts when Merkel cells start to mutate or grow uncontrollably. It can develop on or just beneath the skin where there had been sun exposure. It can grow quickly and can spread to the other organs in the body. It is also common to older individuals who more often than not have weak immune system.
Merkel cells are found in the epidermis, the top layer of the skin. They are also very close to the nerve endings on the skin. Therefore Merkel cells can help us sense touch or allow us to feel the fine details of a surface. Merkel cells are also called neuroendocrine cells because it has the same characteristics as the nerve cells and hormone-making cells.
Merkel cell carcinoma or MCC is a less common form of skin cancer compared to the other types, but one of the most dangerous skin cancers. Once it has spread it can be difficult to treat. It usually starts the sun-exposed skin such as the face, neck, and arms. However, MCC can start anywhere on the body. The Merkel cell tumors will appear as firm, pink, red or purple lumps on the skin. Usually, they are not painful but can grow steadily and oftentimes ulcerate or develop into sores.
There are several types of skin cancers and it is named according to the cells that are affected.
- Basal and squamous cell cancer – This is the most common form of skin cancers. It rarely spread to other parts of the body and can be cured after surgery is done.
- Melanomas – This form of cancer affects the melanocytes, the pigment-making cell of the skin. If not caught early, melanomas can be life-threatening and will likely spread quickly.
- Less common skin cancers aside from MCC, are Kaposi sarcoma, lymphoma of the skin, skin adnexal tumors and various types of sarcomas.
If you think you are suffering from Trabecular Cancer you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Trabecular Cancer as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).