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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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How likely for fissure to turn or cause anal cancer? Was Dx 1 yr ago w internal hemorroid, now think fissure that's been there long time. Scared of CA

How likely for fissure to turn or cause anal cancer? Was Dx 1 yr ago w internal hemorroid, now think fissure that's been there long time. Scared of CA

Fissure not cancer.: Neither anal fissures nor hemorrhoids turn into cancer. We screen for colonic cancers in people with anal fissures or hemorrhoids just to make sure they're not coexisting. ...Read more

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What are the symptomatic differences between anal cancer and anal fissures. Or are there any?

What are the symptomatic differences between anal cancer and anal fissures. Or are there any?

Why do you ask?: Please forgive my frankness. Don't try to make the distinction yourself. A suspicion of either is sufficient reason to see your personal physician without delay. A fissure tends to be painful while a cancer tends to produce a mass that will be less painful early-on, but this is unreliable. You need to be seen. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I had fissures for 7 years...I get pain in my colon, left side - it's like...A dull achy but noticeable pain. Are these linked? Cancer? I'm 17 year old

I had fissures for 7 years...I get pain in my colon, left side - it's like...A dull achy but noticeable pain. Are these linked? Cancer? I'm 17 year old

Anal Fissures: Anal fissures do not cause cancer, but a complication can develop known as a fistula. A cool-rectal surgeon should examine you and see if this is the problem you have developed. ...Read more

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I have anal fissures they are healing had it for a month doc did colonoscopy found no cancer saw hemorrhoids what is hemorrhoid banding?

I have anal fissures they are healing had it for a month doc did colonoscopy found no cancer saw hemorrhoids what is hemorrhoid banding?

Leaving hemmorhoid: As an anal fissure heals and complications from a hemmorhoid occur, the older procedure was to do hemmorhoidectomy or excise the hemmorhoid and approximated anal skin in a way not to cause stricture. Many now elevate the hemmorhoid and place a tight rubber band at the base until the lesion virtually sloughs off. ...Read more

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Does fissure and rectal cancer have similar symptoms? My dad is having fissure & I wanted to know the difference between the symptoms of both of these

Does fissure and rectal cancer have similar symptoms? My dad is having fissure & I wanted to know the difference between the symptoms of both of these

Similar Symptoms: Both the fissure and rectal cancer are in the rectum and can cause pain, bleeding, frequent bowel movements. Since the symptoms can be similar, a person needs to have a colonoscopy to visualize the area and the fissure looks like a tear in the lining of the rectum and the other is a mass that looks abnormal and needs a biopsy. ...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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When popping feels like popping a pinecone. Blood with initial wipe. Gone after second wipe. Fissure? Cancer? Pain gone after BM

When popping feels like popping a pinecone. Blood with initial wipe. Gone after second wipe. Fissure? Cancer? Pain gone after BM

Hard feces: You're describing a situation which, if it does not improve on increasing the fiber in your diet, would probably be best remedied by using a stool softener. If this does not bring relief in two weeks, or if the pain becomes more severe or lasting, a physician office visit is in order. ...Read more

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Fissure diagnosed by dr, not seen it (just told my symptoms). Had it years beforehand. I'm depressed, could it turn/be cancer too? Go back to him?

Fissure diagnosed by dr, not seen it (just told my symptoms). Had it years beforehand. I'm depressed, could it turn/be cancer too? Go back to him?

Fissures are common: Having an anal tear or 'fissure' is a very common human experience. Having a fissure in no way represents any increased risk of cancer. If your doctor is not teaching you how to care for your fissure and to heal it then perhaps it is time to get a new physician. ...Read more

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White thick like mucus from anus, I have fissure, the amount has increased lately - are these linked or is it something like cancer, do I see a doc?

White thick like mucus from anus, I have fissure, the amount has increased lately - are these linked or is it something like cancer, do I see a doc?

See your doctor: You should see your doctor, and ask about a consultation with a colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist for evaluation. Doubtful this is cancer, but you could have inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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Fissure won't heal, 7+ years don't want surgery. Red fresh blood. Can this be cancer, under 20 years old. Hi fibre diet stops pain and blood on toilet?

Fissure won't heal, 7+ years don't want surgery. Red fresh blood. Can this be cancer, under 20 years old. Hi fibre diet stops pain and blood on toilet?

Might need surgery,,: Although this is highly unlikely to be cancer at this point, given your age, it might become cancer later in life, especially if it doesn't heal. A high fiber diet is a great help for this as are sitz baths, but if it hasn't improved for 7+ years and bleeds regularly, surgery might be the last and best option. It would be wise to see your doctor about this and discuss therapy. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Feels like pooping out razor blades. Pain subsides when done. Likely fissure / cancer? No blood.

This could be: Consistent with a fissure. Medical evaluation can lead to an accurate assessment. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Said I have an inflamed anus either because of internal hemmrhoid or fissure. Says not to worry. No family history of colon cancer I am 42.

Dr. Said I have an inflamed anus either because of internal hemmrhoid or fissure. Says not to worry. No family history of colon cancer I am 42.

Get treatment: Whether it is hemorrhoids or anal fissure, you should get it treated.
Without family history of early age colon cancer, you do not need to worry about that. When you turn 50, get a screening colonoscopy.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Had rectal bleeding for a few weeks 2.5 years ago. No bleeding since. Dr said it was likely fissure that healed. Would colon cancer continue to bleed?

Had rectal bleeding for a few weeks 2.5 years ago. No bleeding since. Dr said it was likely fissure that healed. Would colon cancer continue to bleed?

Rectal bleeding: If your rectal bleeding has come back, then okay to get in to your doc for evaluation. More likely this is a hemorrhoid or recurrent fissure. Cancer in your age group is very low incidence. However, an exam under anesthesia will lead to a diagnosis, and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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When is lump on anus diagnosed hemorrhoids, fissure or cancer? No pain or bleeding I'm very afraid of cancer I didn't do any sex activities ever

When is lump on anus diagnosed hemorrhoids, fissure or cancer? No pain or bleeding I'm very afraid of cancer I didn't do any sex activities ever

Do not worry now...: Glad you have no sign or symptoms around anal region now, but your life is unfolding on the course of accumulating, growing, and continuing your share of life, and you have to adopt and adapt to a constantly changing & adjusting dynamic process of struggle to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty of daily living from inception to eternity. More? Cintact www. Healthtap. Com/dr-Lin with RQPWJC.. ...Read more

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7 years ago, had bright red rectal bleeding after bm. Hurt to have bm most of the time I saw blood. Dr saw a fissure on exam. By the time I had sigmoidoscopy fissure was gone and no bleeding anymore. Unlikely he missed cancer? No symptoms since.

7 years ago, had bright red rectal bleeding after bm. Hurt to have bm most of the time I saw blood. Dr saw a fissure on exam. By the time I had sigmoidoscopy fissure was gone and no bleeding anymore. Unlikely he missed cancer? No symptoms since.

BRBPR due to...: This may just be hemorrhoids from straining but bleeding from rectum (brbpr) may also indicate anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammatory bowel disease, radiation therapy, stercoral ulcers, rectal prolapse, trauma, etc.) or a bleeding source further upstream. Depending on your age, risk factors, current medication (aspirin, nsaids, anticoagulants can cause bleeding), see your doctor. ...Read more

Fissure (Definition)

Grooves or clefts in various anatomical structures such as the brain (transverse fissure between cerebrum & cerebellum), the skull (sphenoidal fissure), the liver (for the ligamentum teres), the lung (oblique fissure), the spinal cord (ventral median fissure), or other structures such as the palpebral fissure between upper & lower eyelids. Can also be a tear in a structure ...Read more


Skin Cracking (Definition)

Fissuring in outermost layer of ...Read more