A 5-Inch-Long "Dragon Horn" Was Found on a Man's Back
Fri, December 3, 2021

A 5-Inch-Long "Dragon Horn" Was Found on a Man's Back

 

When you notice something unusual growing on your body, your first response would probably be to get worried. You might ask yourself questions like ‘What if this is cancerous?’, ‘What if this will only grow more and more?’ It took three years for this 50-year-old British man to properly consult a doctor on the growing ‘horn’ on his back.

 

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Medical professionals found out that the brownish-yellow horn on the man’s body was cutaneous. This is a conical structure consisting of tightly packed keratin, the same protein essential to hair and nail growth. Usually, this “dragon horn” is found on people older than 60 and with skin regularly exposed to sunlight. It can also form anywhere on a person’s body. In the man’s case, the horn began as a rough lesion on his body. It then grew to 5.5 inches long, more than two inches wide, and over two inches thick -- extending down to his waist. 

 

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According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, this isn’t the first time that a horn was found on a person’s body. In one case, an eight-inch-long horn was removed from a 70-year-old woman. Another horn belonged to a French woman known as Madame Dimanche, and hers measured nearly 10 inches long.

 

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A study published in the BMJ Case Reports journal explained that the horn is often linked to skin cancer. The doctors discovered that the man had squamous cell carcinoma, skin cancer caused by runaway cell growth on the epidermis. To prevent the cancer cells from spreading in his body, the surgeons removed the growth and patched up the resultant wound with a skin graft from the patient’s thigh. What surprised the doctors was that although the man lived“in a developed country with access to free health care,” he waited years to get treatment.

“This highlights that, despite current public skin-cancer awareness and rigorous health care measures, cases like this can still arise and slip through the net,” the researchers concluded.

 

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