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What is an anal cancer screening? Who goes to those?

What is an anal cancer screening? Who goes to those?

Exam: Anal cancer can be detected by simple inspection and anal/rectal examination. A rectal examination is part of the routine health examination. Risk factors for anal cancer include hpv infection, or HIV infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Who gets anal cancer?

Who gets anal cancer?

People w cert risks: There isn't one type of person who gets anal cancer. However, there are certain risk features that have been associated with a higher risk of possibly developing anal cancer. These include: having hpv infection, your number of lifetime sexual partners, genital warts, cigarette smoking, receptive anal intercourse, and having hiv. ...Read more

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Symptoms of anal cancer?

Symptoms of anal cancer?

Anal cancer: Rectal bleeding, pain, constipation or less likely diarrhea, sensation of incomplete emptying. These symptoms are unfortunately non-specific and can be present in patients with other rectal concerns such as fissures, hemorrhoids, constipation, etc. ...Read more

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Can you die from anal cancer?

Can you die from anal cancer?

Yes: Anal cancer is either squamous cell cancer or cloacogenic cancer and is treated by chemo/radiation after a biopsy establishes the diagnosis. Early on it is very treatable. If you have any suspicion this is what you have, you need to be seen promptly by your physician. ...Read more

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How is anal cancer diagnosed?

How is anal cancer diagnosed?

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. ...Read more

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What is rectal vs anal cancer?

What is rectal vs anal cancer?

Very Diff. Cancers: As close as these 2 areas are on the body, the cancers are quite different. Ca of the anus is an aggressive type of skin cancer that, when caught early, responds very well to chemo- and radiation therapy; surgery is rarely needed. Ca of the rectum is very similar to colon ca, arising from the inner intestinal lining; surgery is the main treatment, often preceded by chemo and radiation. ...Read more

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What is recurrent anal cancer?

It came back: Recurrent refers to a tumor that had gone away but then comes back. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of anal cancer?

What are symptoms of anal cancer?

Anal cancer symptoms: Well just think about where it is and how cancer is usually a non healing open sore.So there can be pressure, pain, bleeding, and a palpable knot that you can feel when you wipe.There can be a change in the shape of the stool, like getting thinner or flat on one side.If you think you have anal cancer get checked out. It is highly curable:). ...Read more

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How to know if I have anal cancer?

How to know if I have anal cancer?

MD: You need an exam, my friend. Talk to your doctor about this and make sure he/she addresses this concern. Best to you. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is anal cancer?

What sort of problem is anal cancer?

Potentially deadly: Cancer can occur in any organ. Cancer is unrestricted growth of cells which can spread by local extension, by blood or lymph. Cancers of this organ can be an effect of viral infection, e.g.Hpv (also associated with cervical and oral/throat cancer), other stds, or not. Area can be easily examined by primary md, gyn, gastro md, or colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of anal cancer?

What are the symptoms of anal cancer?

Occurs in men &: Women, associated with genital warts (condyloma and hpv), can cause painful bm's, bleeding, itching, difficulty sitting. Can cause groin nodes to enlarge. Needs to be assessed and biopsied; different from rectal cancer in cause, treatment and outlook. While associated with passive anal intercourse, most don't, but be prepared for the question. It's curable! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of anal cancer?

What are the symptoms of anal cancer?

See below: Anal cancers may present with bleeding, local mass, pain and itching. Men practicing receptive anal sex are at greater risk. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anal-cancer/ds00852. ...Read more

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Are there different types of anal cancer?

Are there different types of anal cancer?

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 the anal canal may arise form the gland, adenocarcinoma. There are additional infrequent tumor types as well. ...Read more

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How is the staging of anal cancer determined?

Similar: To all colon cancers, it is based on pathology or tissue diagnosis, depth of penetration, differentiation, lymph node involvement and metastatic workup including ct scans and pet scans. But biopsy and or comp[lete excision is the first step and proper pathology evaluation is critical. ...Read more

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What anal conditions might predispose someone to anal cancer?

What anal conditions might predispose someone to anal cancer?

Many: Anal cancer risks include: HIV infection, multiple sexual partners, anal intercourse, cervical or vaginal cancer, smoking and low immunity. Also visit: http://www.Cancer.Org/cancer/analcancer/detailedguide/anal-cancer-risk-factors. ...Read more

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Is metastatic anal cancer terminal?

Unfortunately: Metastatic disease (also known as stage 4) is usually not curable by todays treatments. Although use of chemotherapy may improve survival and may rarely put someone into a temporary remission the disease usually returns or more often does not go away and eventually progresses and the patient will eventually succumb to it. ...Read more

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Hemmoroids or anal cancer, how to know?

Tumor is solid: Hemmorhoids are varicose veins of the anal areal. On exam they are soft unless a clot is present. Anal cancers are very firm and bleed for the most part on palpation, most infiltrating into deeper tissue. ...Read more

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What are the ways to prevent anal cancer?

What are the ways to prevent anal cancer?

Regular checkups: And avoiding anal intercourse, treating viral lesions when they first arise. ...Read more

Dr. David Stein
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Anal Cancer (Definition)

The anal canal lesion is squamous in origin. The dentate line marks the upper junction between squamous and mucosal epithelium in the anal canal. ... Tumours near the anal margin spread to the inguinal lymph nodes; those higher in the anal canal spread to the pelvis The Anal Cancer Trial (ACT-1) demonstrated the superiority of using chemoradiation with 5-FU ...Read more


Dr. Al Hegab
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more