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Is squamous papilloma cancerous?

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i have been looking at info online about squamous papilloma and found that 4 in every 1000 people get it. i wanted to know what the chances are of it being cancerous. the doc is sending it for a biopsy after it is removed but i am very anxious about it. he said it is a virus but not contagious. i thought viruses were contagious. im scared about the procedure but my biggest fear is that there will be cancer in it. is there any way for you to tell me what the chance is?


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replied February 12th, 2007
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Squamous papilloma in the mouth is a benign tumor that originates from the squamous cells of the mucosa that cover the oral cavity. Squamous papilloma are also called warts. From the outside, the skin develops spikes (papillae) that look like fingers and that’s where the name "papilloma" comes from. Skin or mucosal papillomas are usually caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and are transmittable. Some types of HPV are known to cause dysplastic (precancerous) papillomas that can turn into cancers. Genital warts on the cervix are much more suspicious than oral warts. That’s why a hysto-pathological examination of surgically removed tumors is requested for examination and diagnosis.
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