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How to Know if a Wart is Cancerous?

From the cellular study of a lesion, a doctor can determine whether a wart is cancerous or not. Although there are some alarming signs that can be visualized in these types of lesions, assessment by a specialist is essential for confirmation.

A large number of warts that appear on the skin are a product of the Human Papillomavirus and are highly contagious lesions. However, there is a portion of these lesions that may be associated with basal cell carcinomas.

For example, a pink or shiny skin bump may be dangerous, especially if it has brown or black areas. In the presence of these types of warts, it is important to see a doctor.

When should you be concerned about a wart?

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Knowing if a wart is cancerous is very difficult to the naked eye, and it is the dermatologist who, from an evaluation and certain tests, can make such a diagnosis. However, some changes or the appearance of certain warts may be concerning.

For example, the appearance of bumps in pink tones with slightly raised edges may be cancerous. It is also a sign of concern to appreciate lesions whose center appears to have irrigation with pronounced blood vessels.

On the other hand, basal cell cancers that can be seen in these types of lesions can be very fragile. And this causes it to be relatively common for them to bleed, for example after shaving or after minimal contact with the affected area.

It is advisable to see a doctor if you have these symptoms

  • The wart has started to increase in size, being larger in a relatively short period of time.
  • Touching the lesion causes pain, even after very minimal contact with the wart, it hurts.
  • You have noticed bleeding from the skin lesion, and redness in the area around it.
  • The wart has a crusty layer that has not healed within two weeks.

What should I do if I have a wart?

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The appearance of a wart on the skin can be very annoying, not only does it increase concern for what it may mean for health, but it can also affect emotionally.

It is important to see a doctor after the appearance of a wart, especially if you notice that after a few days it has not healed on its own. Your treating doctor will be able to suggest how to approach the situation prioritizing your safety.

Although not all warts pose an immediate cancer risk, they can pose this risk when they become untreated lesions. In the case of HPV warts, they can increase the risk of developing certain types of cancers.

So, it is essential to act quickly in the presence of these types of lesions. Going to the doctor also helps to feel more peace of mind, visualizing more clearly what the lesion entails, and not being affected simply by assumptions.

Keep in mind that today there are many treatments to remove warts, some methods offer immediate results.

Lastly… what should you do?

These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.

What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.

For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.

Click here to see what he did

I wish you great success in your recovery!


Dr. Amy Wilson

Medically reviewed by Dr. Amy Wilson. Dr. Amy Wilson, born in the United States, obtained her medical degree from Lincoln University School of Medicine. Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, she’s dedicated 15 years to women’s health, becoming a distinguished gynecologist and serving in various U.S. medical institutions.


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