What causes papilloma on the skin?

Viruses (such as sexually transmitted HPV), smoking and sun damage are big causes of papillomas, which are benign (noncancerous) growths. Though papillomas themselves aren’t usually dangerous, they can indicate a risk for cancer.

Should I remove papillomas?

Because there is even a small risk of cancer, papillomas should be surgically removed and biopsied. The difference between a benign and cancerous papilloma cannot always be appreciated after a needle biopsy.

How do you get rid of skin papillomas?


  1. cautery, which involves burning off the tissue and then scraping it away using curettage.
  2. excision, in which a doctor surgically removes the papilloma.
  3. laser surgery, a procedure that destroys the wart using high-energy light from a laser.
  4. cryotherapy, or freezing off the tissue.

Do papillomas bleed?

The lesions are usually inflamed polyps (warts), but they may be flat, scaly plaques, or inward growing hard masses. They may ulcerate (break open) and bleed. Papillomas that grow inwardly may cause pain, particularly if they are on the feet.

Is squamous papilloma cancerous?

Squamous cell papilloma may be defined as a small benign (non-cancerous) growth that begins in squamous cells (thin, flat cells) that are found in the tissue that forms the surface of the skin (epidermis), the passages of the respiratory and digestive tract and in the lining of hollow organs of the body.

Are papillomas common?

Intraductal papilloma is a benign (not cancer) breast condition. It’s most common in women over 40 and usually develops naturally as the breast ages and changes. Men can also get intraductal papillomas but this is very rare.

What is a skin tag look like?

Skin tags (acrochordons) are small, noncancerous growths that tend to be the same color as your skin. They often look like a cluster of skin tissue extending out from a tiny stem. They’re sometimes darker and may resemble a raised mole. Most skin tags are between 1-5 mm, but some can grow as large as a few centimeters.