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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.
Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
General Surgery 29 years experience
Phys exam or scope: Many have "piles" & can actually be the issue or one of many other problems that your doctor can help. There are dietary, behavioral, hygiene changes & 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. Exam helps differentiate the true cause

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