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Anal Cancer Screening
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
What are the chances of having anal cancer at the age of 18? No history at family . What would be the very first symptoms?
Almost 0: Very low chance of anal cancer at that age. The incidence starts rising around 30 years and 50% of cases are diagnosed in people >65 years old. It is usually related to HPV infection. Men who are hiv positive are at higher risk younger with screenings including anal PAP-type smears for abnormal cells. ...Read more
Can a anal wart which I had about 5 years ago which got removed cause anal cancer I'm male bit concerned ?
What are the chances of getting throat or mouth cancer? Anal cancer? I am not being monitored for these. Should I be?
Mouth/throat cancer: As breast cancer and prostate cancer can be screened by mammogramme and Blood PSA level respectively, there is no screening test for mouth, throat or anal cancer. However; examination and some questions in general physical work up can be suggestive of additional tests to rule out these cancers. If, you are concerned please see your doctor for physical check up. ...Read more
I am obese, and had CT, MRI, Colonoscopy, etc. tests. Doc says no anal cancer.I have hemmorhoids.I keep reading online docs can misdiagnose A.C. true?
High risk?: My guess is that you think you are at high risk because of sexual practices, HIV, or HPV infection or another reason. Even if treated for HIV, risk is about 1.3%/year; small but worrisome. Expert in anal disease could do high resolution anoscopy and cytology to screen for disease not visible with tests you mentioned. Screening is not perfect. If negative, check back with MD periodically. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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