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does the hpv virus cause anal cancer?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: Yes, hpv directly causes at least 50% of all vaginal and vulvar cancers, as well as all cerivical cancers, much of anal cancers, 70% of head-and-neck cancers and most non-melanoma skin cancers amongst other problems! that's a ton of cancers from one virus!
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
It can: Hpv is associated with genital warts and cancers as well as head and neck cancers and linings. This does not mean everyone who has these cancers has hpv also. Therefore hpv is associated with and increases the risk of getting these cancers including anal cancers. Hpv is sexually transmitted and there is a vaccine to help prevent it.
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Yes: Yes, I have a half dozen HIV positive gay males that developed anal cancer due to the hpv. It begins as an intraepithelial lesion morphology change.

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What is an anal chlamydia infection like?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
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Rectal symptoms: Rectal pain, pain on defecation, and rectal bleeding or discharge. Remember that some anal chlamydia, especially in gay men, is due to a type of chlamydia called lymphogranuloma venereum (lgv), which requires a longer course of treatment than standard chlamydia. Not all labs can tell the difference.
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What stage colon cancer has symptoms of blood in the ostomy pouch?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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None: Blood in an ostomy punch can be many things. Is it a colostomy or ileostomy? Why was the surgery done, history cancer or diverticulitis or colitis? How long ago was the ostomy surgery? Bleeding does indicate need for a doctor evaluation. Can be ostomy appliance irritation, colitis, etc. There is no cancer staging associated with intestinal bleeding.
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What kind of bleeding do colon polyps / cancer show?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Occult/hidden: Most of the time there is no visible blood. Testing for bleeding lesions requires testing for occult blood, fecal occult blood test (fbot). There is more than one method. If is recommended that this test be done three times each year on persons over the age of 50, unless they have undergone colonoscopy.
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After head and neck cancer treatment, how long will it be before I can eat solid food again?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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Depends type of surg: Depends on the type and extent of surgery, like thyroid, or parotid gland cancer will be eating by next day, on the other hand jaw, or tongue, or voice box is removed, takes wks to heal and swelling to subside and will able to eat solid foods.
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If two people get the same type of cold or flu virus, will they have the same symptoms?

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Dr. Stevan Cordas
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Same or different: No one is the same so their symtoms will be slightly different but generally they will have similar symptoms.

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