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A 21-year-old member asked:

How is anal cancer diagnosed?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 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.
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Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 30 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 32 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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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is anal cancer?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 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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A 40-year-old member asked:
How do you get an anal cancer?
Dr. Prashant Sinha
General Surgery 20 years experience
No single reason: The biggest risk factors are hpv infection that causes anal warts (condylomata) and HIV infection. Other factors include rare genetic mutations and ra... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
What does anal cancer look like?
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
A Verified Doctoranswered
Trauma Surgery 51 years experience
A Cauliflower: growing out of your anus
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A 47-year-old member asked:
What age can you get anus cancer?
Dr. David Jin
22 years experience
Thanks for asking!: The average age for people diagnosed with anal cancer is early 60s.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
What's new in anal cancer research?
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology 24 years experience
Newer treatments: Nicely discussed in http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/analcancer/detailedguide/anal-cancer-new-research.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Are there different types of anal cancer?
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Yes: Anal tumors may arise form the skin and result in squamous cell carcinoma. Some of these tumors are caused by hpv infection. Tumors on the inside of... Read More
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