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What causes Bowenoid papulosis?

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Bowenoid papulosis is caused by HPV (human papilloma virus), which also can cause genital warts and cervical cancer. The virus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. Sexually active people under 30 are at the highest risk for it because it’s most often passed through skin-to-skin contact.

From: What Is Bowen’s Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/9/2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “What are basal and squamous cell skin cancers?”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Bowen’s Disease.” 

Mayo Clinic: “Fluorouracil (Topical Route),” “Imiquimod.”

National Association of Rare Disorders: “Bowen’s Disease.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Bowenoid Papulosis.”

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Mohs Micrographic Surgery: An Overview.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “What are basal and squamous cell skin cancers?”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Bowen’s Disease.” 

Mayo Clinic: “Fluorouracil (Topical Route),” “Imiquimod.”

National Association of Rare Disorders: “Bowen’s Disease.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Bowenoid Papulosis.”

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Mohs Micrographic Surgery: An Overview.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

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