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What are the differences between the symptoms of hemmorhoids and anal cancer?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Differences: True anal cancers are quite rare, and hemorrhoid conditions are very common. Rectal discomfort and bleeding may be somewhat similar in both. It would be quite difficult for a person to tell the difference themselves without a physical examination with their doctor.
Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
General Surgery 29 years experience
Exam or colonoscopy: Many people present with "piles" and this can actually be the issue or one of many other problems that your doctor can help there are dietary, behavioral, hygiene modifications as well as procedures that can help with these common problems. Both constipation and diarrhea can lead to this condition as well it is best if you consult with a general or colorectal surgeon to help with this matter.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between the symptoms of hemmorhoids and anal cancer?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Differences: True anal cancers are quite rare, and hemorrhoid conditions are very common. Rectal discomfort and bleeding may be somewhat similar in both. It would be quite difficult for a person to tell the difference themselves without a physical examination with their doctor.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What distinguishes symptoms between hemmorhoids from anal cancer?

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Dr. Sanjay Jain
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
See below: Both typically present with bleeding with stool and can be difficult to differentiate based on symptoms alone. Exam by a specialist is a must.

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