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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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Pain and stinging around anus. ..what's causing it? Anal cancer? Haven't ate anything spicy.

Pain and stinging around anus. ..what's causing it?  Anal cancer? Haven't ate anything spicy.

Cancer, unlikely: Such symptoms are not likely to be caused by cancer which in this area often causes rectal bleeding. I would suggest that your cleam your bottom with water after each bowel movement and dry is completely before you put on your underwear. if this does not help in 1-2 days, buy an over the counter cream like Zinc oxide and apply this twice daily for 3-5 days. if it does not help, go see your docto ...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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Does the HPV virus cause anal cancer?

Does the HPV virus cause anal cancer?

It can: Hpv is associated with genital warts and cancers as well as head and neck cancers and linings. This does not mean everyone who has these cancers has hpv also. Therefore hpv is associated with and increases the risk of getting these cancers including anal cancers. Hpv is sexually transmitted and there is a vaccine to help prevent it. ...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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Do the strains of HPV that cause warts on feet and fingers are also the stains that cause penile/urethral/anal cancer? I have warts, am i at risk?

Do the strains of HPV that cause warts on feet and fingers are also the stains that cause penile/urethral/anal cancer? I have warts, am i at risk?

HPV V. Verruca: The hp virus is causative in genital warts, whereas the verruca virus is causative in the common plantar wart/finger warts you may be referring to. The regular verruca warts will not put you at risk of getting genital warts. ...Read more

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Does anal cancer cause pain when passing stool and blood on the toilet paper?

Does anal cancer cause pain when passing stool and blood on the toilet paper?

Yes: Yes anal cancer can present like this but thats not the commonest reason for pain on passing stools and for blood on toilet paper. In younger age group anal fissures are more likely to be the cause. Please see your doctor and get examined. ...Read more

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Does oral and anal sex really cause head/neck cancer as well as anal cancer? Are there risks involved if both parties are HPV free and monagomous?

Does oral and anal sex really cause head/neck cancer as well as anal cancer? Are there risks involved if both parties are HPV free and monagomous?

Yes: Anal cancer and some types of head/neck cancer (mainly tonsil) are caused by hpv. If both parties are hpv free and monogamous then the risk would likely decrease, however studies of cervical samples in female college students show a very high rate of exposure at some point. So, monogamy at present wouldn't necessarily mean that there hadn't been prior exposure. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hemorrhoids ,abscess and anal cancer cause I noticed about 10 days ago a skin colored lump on anus. No bleeding or pain?

What's the difference between hemorrhoids ,abscess and anal cancer cause I noticed about 10 days ago a skin colored lump on anus. No bleeding or pain?

Anal fissure: What you described suggests an anal fissure. Take a fiber laxative, like Metamucil, and drink plenty of water to keep your stool soft and give it time to heal. You are not likely to have either abscess or cancer. ...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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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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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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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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How is anal cancer treated?

Chemo + tradiation: Usually with a surgical biopsy followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In general, the prognosis is pretty good and surgery is used only for treatment failures. ...Read more

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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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How do you get an anal cancer?

How do you get an anal cancer?

No single reason: The biggest risk factors are hpv infection that causes anal warts (condylomata) and HIV infection. Other factors include rare genetic mutations and radiation exposure to the lower pelvic area. ...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