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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)

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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What is rectal prolapse vs hemorroids and anal swelling?

What is rectal prolapse vs hemorroids and anal swelling?

Rectal prolapse: Is where the entire rectum protrudes through the anus, hemmoroids will just be individual bulges of dilated blood vessels. If there are multiple hemmorhoids the difference can be hard to feel and has to be seen by experienced eyes. ...Read more

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Difference between anal cancer and hemorrhoids?

Difference between anal cancer and hemorrhoids?

Visual inspection: Needs to be evaluated by a surgeon. Can have a different look. If it appears suspicious, then a biopsy is required. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Difference between hemorrhoids and anal cancer?

Difference between hemorrhoids and anal cancer?

Benign vs Malignant: Hemorrhoids are painful, swollen veins in the lower portion of the rectum or anus. Symptoms of hemorrhoids include: anal itching; anal ache or pain, especially while sitting; bright red blood on toilet tissue, stool. It is not cancer anal cancer is cancer which arises from the anus, the distal orifice of the gastrointestinal tract and appears to be related to hpv infection and anal intercourse. ...Read more

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Does anal fissure leads to rectal cancer ?

Does anal fissure leads to rectal cancer ?

Not likely.: Anal cancer can result from chronic irritation from condyloma acuminata, perianal fissures/fistulae, chronic hemmorrhids, leukoplakia, and trauma from anal intercourse. This presents with a triad of bleeding, pain, and perianal mass. Anal fissures, by themselves, do not lead to cancer, but if they are caused by some chronic process (anal intercourse), the epithelium react and can become cancer. ...Read more

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Colon cancer or colorectal cancer, what's the difference?

Colon cancer or colorectal cancer, what's the difference?

Location: Cancers that arise from the epithelium of the large intestine are similar in most ways whether they are in the colon or rectum. Discussions of "colon cancer" unspecified usually mean "colorectal" unless stated otherwise. Usage, including by me, is often sloppy. ...Read more

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How are anal cancer and colon cancer different?

How are anal cancer and colon cancer different?

See below: Anus is about 3-4 cm long from skin to the rectum which is the last part of colon. Colon is lined by columnar lining and cancer of this is very common and runs in families. Cancer arising in the anal skin which is squamous kind is more like skin cancer. Treatment is very different as is prognosis. ...Read more

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Is anal tightness associated with colon or rectal cancer?

Is anal tightness associated with colon or rectal cancer?

Not likely.: Anal tightness on its own is not likely to be associated with colon or rectal cancer. However, if this is an aquired symptom along with hemorrhoids and/or anal fissure, you should see your doctor and get tested/checked out for rectal or colon cancer to be sure you don't have it also, and to prevent you from getting it. ...Read more

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What are colon or rectal cancers?

What are colon or rectal cancers?

Cancers of lower GI: These cancers start from the lining of the lower GI tract, and usually are found when patients have blood in their stools or when the patient has a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How common does anal leakage indicate anal cancer?

How common does anal leakage indicate anal cancer?

Hemorrhoids: Many issues can cause anal canal irritation resulting in leakage. Anal cancer is very rare in a 22 year old. The most common condition is hemorrhoid flare up followed by other inflammatory process such as perianal dermatitis, abscess/fistula, proctitis, etc - if you belong to the normal risk population. If you are immunocompromised, have a family history of ibd, or std+/- anal sex see a doc now. ...Read more

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What is anal cancer?

What is anal cancer?

Cancer of the anus: Is usually a squamous type or arising from skin cells: totally different etiology/cause from colon and rectal cancer and managed differently than either of the latter. ...Read more

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What distinguishes symptoms between hemmorhoids from anal cancer?

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. ...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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Is vulval cancer different from vaginal cancer?

Is vulval cancer different from vaginal cancer?

Yes: The vulva are the external lips at the opening of the vagina. Vaginal cancer would originate inside the vagina from the vaginal mucosal lining, whereas vulvar cancer would start outside of the vagina. Vulvar cancer could spread to the vagina, just as a vaginal cancer could spread outward to the vulva. With either, early detection and treatment gives the best outcome. ...Read more

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What the difference between anal fissure and anal fistula?

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Tear / tract: A fissure is s a tear in the anal mucosa. A fistula is a tunnel deeper in the tissues with one opening on the outside and another opening on the inside of the anal canal or lower rectum. ...Read more

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Is anal cancer uncommon?

Is anal cancer uncommon?

Yes, fairly rare: Anal cancer is rare and certainly less than colon and rectum. In usa about 7000 cases are reported yearly with 800- 900 deaths. The treatment is very effective. ...Read more

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Could radiation for prostate cancer cause rectal bleeding?

Could radiation for prostate cancer cause rectal bleeding?

Yes: One of the potential side effects for radiation therapy to treat prostate cancer is rectal bleeding. This can occur after brachytherapy or external beam therapy. This is called proctitis and is generally mild and self-limiting. It usually does not require any treatment other than conservative management such as maintaining soft bowel movements, hydration, and monitoring of blood work. ...Read more

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Can hemorrhoids lead to rectal or colon cancer?


Can hemorrhoids lead to rectal or colon cancer?

No: We all have hemorrhoids (pillars of vascular tissue in the lower rectum). Some of us have symptomatic hemorrhoids (bleeding, pain, or itching). On their own, symptomatic hemorrhoids will not lead to colon cancer. The low fiber Western diet can be associated with an increased risk of colon and rectal cancer. Best advice: eat a diet high in fiber and drink lots of water. ...Read more

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Are anal cancer and colon cancer the same?

Are anal cancer and colon cancer the same?

No: Colon cancer is generally an adenocarcinoma of the lining of the large intestine, usually treated with surgery and sometimes chemotherapy. Anal cancers can be different types (squamous, etc.), treated differently, often without surgery and using chemotherapy and radiation therapy instead. ...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


Anus (Definition)

The anus is the opening of the rectum, through which stool and flatus are passed. The anal canal is about an inch in length, and is ...Read more