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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. Amrita Dosanjh
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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


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What are the chances of having anal cancer at the age of 18? No history at family . What would be the very first symptoms?

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

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is anal cancer and how do you get it?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is anal cancer and how do you get it?

Usually squamous: Starts as a bump or ulcer. The known risk factor is unprotected receptive anal intercourse, and it's related to hpv as is cervical cancer. It's under intensive study right now, and folks who do this sort of thing can get a screening like a woman's cervical pap smear. ...Read more

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Can a anal wart which I had about 5 years ago which got removed cause anal cancer I'm male bit concerned ?

Can a anal wart which I had about 5 years ago which got removed cause anal cancer I'm male bit concerned  ?

Anal PAP: Anal warts are due to HPV and the same virus, different strains, is associated with squamous cell carcinomas. You should consult your doctor about getting Anal PAP smears as a screening test. This test is similar to cervical PAP in women. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting throat or mouth cancer? Anal cancer? I am not being monitored for these. Should I be?

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

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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?

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 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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How is the staging of anal cancer determined?

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 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 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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more


Dr. David Stein
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Anal Cancer (Definition)

Anal cancer is a rare cancer that occurs in the anal canal, which is a short tube at the very end of the rectum where stool leaves the body. Common symptoms include rectal ...Read more