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What are the differences between esophageal varices and hemorrhoids?

What are the differences between esophageal varices and hemorrhoids?

Location: Both areas represent collateral circulation between the portal system (think guts) and the systemic circulation. Increased flow in these areas leads to enlargement of the veins and the problems listed. Both may be a sign of problem in the portal system, or may be isolated problems. Further history, examination and testing is needed to know more. ...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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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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Are there any clear symptom differences between hemorrhoids and colon cancer? A colonoscopy has a long wait time and i'm scared.

Are there any clear symptom differences between hemorrhoids and colon cancer? A colonoscopy has a long wait time and i'm scared.

Both: Can bleed and cause changes in stool caliber or pattern. Getting a colonoscopy should not require a long wait time. Check with your pcp mfor a referral to another doctor performing colonoscopies that may have a shorter wait time.Being 23 yo, less likely colon cancer. Do not be scared of the unknown and see a colon and rectal surgeon for evaluation in office. ...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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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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What is the difference between having colorectal cancer and hemorrhoids?

What is the difference between having colorectal cancer and hemorrhoids?

Lots!!!: Hemorrhoids don't turn into cancer but often anal lesions are misdiagnosed as hemorrhoids and may be an anal or rectal cancer. In either case it should be correctly diagnosed and receive the proper treatment and recommendations. ...Read more

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What is the difference between colorectal cancer/tumor or internal hemorrhoids?

What is the difference between colorectal cancer/tumor or internal hemorrhoids?

Important difference: Hemorrhoids are a benign disease, in other words a problem that for most people is not serious. They are like varicose veins. Symptoms are seeing blood in the stool from time to time. Cancer can produce the same symptoms but is a very different disease. In this problem cells that line the colon change into cancer cells. These cells grow and grow without control. This is brief i know. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference in anal cancer and hemorrhoids?

How can you tell the difference in anal cancer and hemorrhoids?

Not always easy at: First, but unless the hemorrhoid is thrombosed, it usually reduces and eases with sitz/tub soaks, preparation h. Both are painful, the anal canal is inside the opening, and the rectum above. Both can be quite painful, external, and bleed. An expert needs to decide when to look higher and biopsy. Also, nodes in groin. Get a surgeon to help. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference in hemorrhoids and anal cancer?

How can you tell the difference in hemorrhoids and anal cancer?

Examine: See a doctor for an examination. Hemorrhoids are soft purplish veins under the skin. Anal cancer is a rare condition and would be a firm process in or on the surface of the anal skin. Might be difficult to see on your own self examination. ...Read more

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Are there any symptomatic differences between an external hemorrhoid and an anal cancer growth?

Are there any symptomatic differences between an external hemorrhoid and an anal cancer growth?

Not reliable ones: If you have any concern about either of these conditions, it would be prudent to see a doctor and not rely on symptoms to differentiate the two conditions. ...Read more

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Would an obgyn be able to tell the difference in anal cancer and hemorrhoids?

Yes, maybe not: The exact cell type, but these are two different diseases. ...Read more

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17, male: I think I have hemorrhoids but am unsure whether or not it is hemorrhoids or anal cancer. How can I tell the difference? I have constipation

17, male: I think I have hemorrhoids but am unsure whether or not it is hemorrhoids or anal cancer. How can I tell the difference? I have constipation

'rrhoids vs cancer: It's very unlikely for 17yo to develop anal cancer (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anal-cancer/basics/definition/con-20024923). Hemorrhoids (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hemorrhoids/basics/definition/con-20029852) are also uncommon in 17yo. Constipation (http://goo.gl/DgBSga) is most likely due to lack of fluids, fiber & exercise. See FamilyDoc to put mind at ease ...Read more

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Can piles or hemorrhoids lead to bowl cancer ?

Can piles or hemorrhoids lead to bowl cancer ?

No: Hemorrhoids are engorged blood vessels under the lining of the rectum/anus. These are benign. They do not turn into colorectal cancer. While constipation is associated with hemorrhoids and some have associated constipation with an increased incidence of colon cancer, there are many confounding factors that explain this increase. The two conditions are not associated. ...Read more

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What is the distinction between hemorrhoids and colon cancer?

What is the distinction between hemorrhoids and colon cancer?

See below: Hemorrhoids are normal benign veins of the anal canal that may enlarge or bleed. They are not cancerous. Colon cancer is a malignant tumor that can occur anywhere in the colon or large intestine. ...Read more

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What tests are needed when an internal hemorrhoid is found? Can it really be cancer?

What tests are needed when an internal hemorrhoid is found? Can it really be cancer?

Unlikely: An internal hemorrhoid if identified on clinical exam is unlikely to be cancer. If you do have surgery, the tissue is always sent to pathology to confirm. If you are worried about cancer, you should have a coloscopy with bx to evaluate the area and the remainder if the colon ...Read more

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Are hemorrhoids a sign of cancer?

Are hemorrhoids a sign of cancer?

No, but...: ...It is often difficult to distinguish bleeding from hemorrhoids versus bleeding from a colon/rectal cancer. When in doubt, i advise a colonoscopy to determine the source of bleeding. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

Swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus that ...Read more


Anal Swelling (Definition)

accumulation of fluid at the opening at the end ...Read more