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How can you tell the difference in anal cancer and hemorrhoids

A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Completely different: They are completely different. Hemorrhoids is just an engorgement of veins. The other is a solid mass. They look different-, they feel different. Can ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Yes, maybe not: The exact cell type, but these are two different diseases.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes, they would: Yes, absolutely, i think GI docs are able to tell the difference between anal cancer and hemmorhoids. If they think something looks suspicious- like ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Examine: See a doctor for an examination. Hemorrhoids are soft purplish veins under the skin. Anal cancer is a rare condition and would be a firm process in or ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
'rrhoids vs cancer: It's very unlikely for 17yo to develop anal cancer (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anal-cancer/basics/definition/con-20024923). Hemorrh ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christian Schultheis
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Visual inspection: Needs to be evaluated by a surgeon. Can have a different look. If it appears suspicious, then a biopsy is required. Hope this helps.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Natarajan Raman
32 years experience Radiation Oncology
Benign vs Malignant: Hemorrhoids are painful, swollen veins in the lower portion of the rectum or anus. Symptoms of hemorrhoids include: anal itching; anal ache or pain, e ... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not reliable ones: If you have any concern about either of these conditions, it would be prudent to see a doctor and not rely on symptoms to differentiate the two condit ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Anal fissure: What you described suggests an anal fissure. Take a fiber laxative, like Metamucil, and drink plenty of water to keep your stool soft and give it time ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Doctor: You need an examination, friend.

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