Does scar tissue from burns develop into cancer?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Although very rare, scar tissue from burns may develop into cancer. Several sources cite burn scar carcinoma from a Marjolin's ulcer. Thermal burns may develop into these Marjolin's ulcers with malignant transformation. In fact, these ulcers may develop from chronic wounds, chronic venous ulcers, burn scars, pressure sores, osteomylelitis, radiation scars, and urinary fistulas. 

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Skin Injury

Skin Injury

Not all skin injuries are cuts and scrapes. Heat, friction and pressure can cause skin injuries like burns, sunburn and blisters. A burn is a traumatic skin injury caused by a heat source like scalding liquid or a hot pot, a radia...

tion source like the suns rays, an electrical source like open wiring or a chemical source like acid. Depending on the severity of the burn, treatment can include wound care and pain management, skin grafting, intravenous fluids or cosmetic surgery. Some burns can form blisters, which actually act as a protective, fluid-filled buffer for damaged skin. Blisters also form from skin conditions like eczema and friction sources like ill-fitting shoes. Keeping the area clean with antibiotics and a dressing or bandage is usually enough to heal a blister.

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