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How is anal cancer diagnosed?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Exam and biopsy: Anal cancer is diagnosed primarilly by physical examination. Sometimes it requires anesthesia, but most of the time can be done in the office. Any suspicious areas need to be biopsied.
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Anal cancer and anal cancer precursors can also be diagnosed by anal cytology (exfoliative brushing of the anus / anal Pap test).
Jan 12, 2014
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Symptom of Anal ca: Anal cancer can start with symptoms similar to hemorrhoids like bleeding and pain with bowel movements. You might also feel a mass at the anal opening. Your doctor will need to take a biopsy of the area. Cancer can only be diagnosed by looking at the tissue under the microscope.

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What is anal cancer?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Aggressive cancer : Anal cancer is an aggressive cancer of the anal area. It is not a common cancer. Risk factors include a history of anal warts, cigarette smoking, HIV infection and lowered immunity. In early stages it can be treated by surgery but often requires treatment with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

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