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Thank you for asking your question. These warts might be harmless but I definitely would not take a chance. Some strains, specifically Type 16 and 18 are carcinogenic. My suggestion would be for your physician to swab the warts and send the culture off to the lab for a viral probe. You can then find out whether the strain is one that can cause canceer. If so, it would be important to have them treated. Also, if so, I would recommend a proctologist or GI physician who can perform anoscopy to be sure that the warts are not futher up the anus.As you may recall Farrah Fawcett died at age 62 of anal carcinoma. The leading cause of this is the wart virus, Type 16. Do, in sum, I would not assume that these warts are harmless, but would recommend taking action.
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