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Skin Cancer

Wart with mole beside it

07/15/2008

Question:

I had a wart that was treated by cryo several years ago. It was on my inner thigh. Now, in the same place, there is what appears to be a pinkish wart-like growth, but around it is a several mm area of brown irregular shaped growth. This covers all but one side of the wart-like growth. Can a wart come back and then have an area around it like I described? I do not have a history of skin cancer, but do have vitiligo. Thanks for your help!

Answer:

Warts can come back after treatment with cryotherapy. In addition, other types of growths can also occur, such as moles. I would recommend seeing the physician who treated the initial wart for further evaluation or a dermatologist.

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Response by:

Jeremy S Bordeaux, MD, MPH Jeremy S Bordeaux, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University