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Anal cancer occurs in the anal canal which is considered an uncommon type of cancer. The anal canal is a short tube that is found at the end of your rectum from where stool leaves your body. Anal cancer can cause various signs and symptoms. Some of the common anal cancer symptoms include anal pain and rectal bleeding.
– Severe bleeding from the rectum or anu – Pain in the anal area – Growth, mass or lump in the anal canal – Itching in the anal area – Diarrhoea or Constipation
– Smoking cigarettes may lead to an increased risk of anal cancer. – Older age. Most cases of anal cancer are prone to occur among people who are age 50 and above. – Many sexual partners. People who have more sexual partners in their lifetime are prone for a greater risk of anal cancer.
– Physical exam : This is done to check the general signs of health, like the lumps or abnormalities like the patient history, the health habits, past illnesses and treatments. – Digital rectal examination (DRE): The lubricated, gloved finger is inserted by the doctor into the lower part of the anus or rectum by which he/she can feel the lumps or anything that seems unusual.
After early anal cancer symptoms have been diagnosed, certain tests are taken to find out if cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body which is called staging. – CT scan: A detailed picture of areas inside the body, such as the abdomen, chest, pelvis, are taken from different angles. The pictures taken are linked to an x-ray machine.
Anal cancer forms when a genetic mutation turns normal, healthy cells into abnormal cells. Healthy cells grow and multiply at a set rate, eventually dying at a set time. Abnormal cells grow and multiply out of control, and they don’t die. The accumulating abnormal cells form a mass (tumor).
– Practice safer sex – Get vaccinated against HPV – Stop smoking – Early detection is key to beating cancer! To get an opinion on the anal cancer symptoms, get an appointment today.
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