A 60-year-old female asked:
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hiv positive, biopsied lesion/bump on face shows verruca vulgaris. is is possible the warts might turn to skin cancer?

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Dr. Peter Wiernik
55 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No: There is a slight increase in skin cancer in HIV+ patients, but it won't start in a wart.
Answered on Apr 7, 2016
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Dr. John Ebner
17 years experience Dermatology
Very unlikely: It is highly unlikely that a common wart (verruca vulgaris) on your face would potentially turn into a skin cancer. However the risk is not zero. A long-standing wart, untreated and chronically inflamed, can potentially turn into cancer. The type of cancer is most commonly squamous cell carcinoma. We do see this in some warts under the finger nail that convert over years (5 to 10 years).
Answered on Apr 7, 2016

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