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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

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Do I have anus cancer or hemorrhoids? How would I be able to tell?

Do I have anus cancer or hemorrhoids? How would I be able to tell?

See a surgeon: Hemorrhoids are certainly more common, but a biopsy is the way to diagnose a cancer. ...Read more

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How do you know if I have anus cancer or just a little blood from a hemorrhoid inside?

How do you know if I have anus cancer or just a little blood from a hemorrhoid inside?

By getting a good: Physical exam. Rectal bleeding from hemorrhoids is by far more common then anal cancer. However, one cannot tell the difference as symptoms from both anal cancer and hemorrhoids include bleeding, itching and some perianal discomfort. ...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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Does a hemorrhoid increase your chances of getting colorectal cancer? If so, how significantly?

Does a hemorrhoid increase your chances of getting colorectal cancer? If so, how significantly?

No: Often many colon and rectal cancer patients initially thought they had hemorrhoids because of symptoms such as rectal itching and rectal bleeding. If you are experiencing any new signs of rectal bleeding, no matter what your age, you should consult your doctor immediately. Colonoscopy to screen for cancer advised age 50 however may be sooner depending on individual risk factors and family history. ...Read more

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I'm 34 year old male, recently diagnosed with hemorrhoids. Is Anal Cancer a posibility if symptoms are persistent? No other medical issues.

I'm 34 year old male, recently diagnosed with hemorrhoids. Is Anal Cancer a posibility if symptoms are persistent? No other medical issues.

Unlikely: Anal cancer is uncommon. You would be at risk if you are practicing receptive anal intercourse.
Get the hemorrhoid treated as continuous bleeding may lead to iron deficiency anemia.
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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Have perfect diet/exercise. For last 6 weeks am STRAINING to #2: Still going daily but now separate hard lumps. No other symptoms. Hemorrhoid? Cancer?

Have perfect diet/exercise. For last 6 weeks am STRAINING to #2: Still going daily but now separate hard lumps. No other symptoms. Hemorrhoid? Cancer?

Bowl movement: Straining. Please start w/seeing your doc. A food plan that worked earlier may not be as good now. Doc may refer you to a GI doc. When medical condition is ruled out or identified consider seeing a nutritionist. Please don''t let your mind run away w/frightening diagnoses. They are VERY low on the scale of probabilities. Peace and good health. ...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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Trace of blood on toilet paper hemorrhoids or cancer?

Trace of blood on toilet paper hemorrhoids or cancer?

Could be either.: Very good idea to get evaluated by your primary doctor. If needed, he/she may refer you to a specialist. ...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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How can you distinguish between the symptoms of hemorrhoids and colon cancer?

How can you distinguish between the symptoms of hemorrhoids and colon cancer?

Hemorrhoids are anal: When hemorrhoid are symptomatic they thrombose, causing anal pain or bleed locally. Colon cancer, due to a lesion in bowel if localized can cause blood mixed in stool or obstruct causing abdominal discomfort and distention ...Read more

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Can oral and anal sex make u more prone to cancer? And why do they cause hemorrhoids?

Can oral and anal sex make u more prone to cancer? And why do they cause hemorrhoids?

Depends on exposure: One concern: human papilloma virus (hpv) exposure has been shown to increase the risk of oral cancer. Talk to your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more

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How are hemorrhoids diagnosed? I'm 30 and worried about colorectal cancer. Is a DRE enough?

Hemorrhoids.: Hemorrhoids are generally seen or palpated on examination. Depending on other clinical parameters or family history, one could pursue further with virtual colonoscopy, formal colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy to determine whether or not there are other gastrointestinal findings of concern. The presence of hemorrhoids can make testing for blood in your stool misleading. ...Read more

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I have hemorrhoids since 2yrs, what is d treatment other than surgery, will I get cancer as a complication.?

I have hemorrhoids since 2yrs, what is d treatment other than surgery, will I get cancer as a complication.?

Diet, medication: Simple things such as a high fiber diet, and stool softeners can reduce symptoms. Steroid suppositories or anal creams are also helpful. There are non surgical office based procedures such as rubber band ligation or infrared coagulation which will reduce the hemorrhoids. Surgery is usually reserved for only the most severe cases. The treatments don't increase cancer risk. ...Read more

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Dr just did a biopsy on a hemorrhoid? What does that mean? Possible cancer of my hemorrhoid or anal cancer or what? Is it curable?

Clearly you are: Really nervous about this. Take in a slow, deep breath. Don't jump to conclusions. You may cause yourself unnecessary emotional anguish as your fret about all the "what if's". I would see what the biopsy report shows. Your doctor will be able to explain it to your further. Take care. ...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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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 kind of problems can arise from dealing with constipation and hemorrhoids for about a year? Polyps, cancer...? Appt soon. 26 yo woman

Anemia: At your age, the blood loss from hemorrhoids, in additional to menstrual blood loss would predispose your to getting iron deficiency anemia. When you see your doctor discuss it with her/him.

For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat 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.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Likelyhood anal cancer would be missed in 34yr male after normal colonoscopy 1yr ago? (not even hemorrhoids seen at time of test) have them now tho.

Not big problem.: Although hemorrhoids are an issue that can lead to anal cancer, they need to be very severe and longstanding and associated with a mass. Someone your age with a clear colonoscopy is still likely in the very low risk category for this cancer unless there is family history. ...Read more

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Have external hemorrhoids for long time, it swallow and bleeds, bright red. Sometimes for weeks it goes away. Will it eventually cause cancer? Thanks

Have external hemorrhoids for long time, it swallow and bleeds, bright red. Sometimes for weeks it goes away. Will it eventually cause cancer? Thanks

No cancer risk: Hemorrhoids and cancer can both cause blood in stool. May occur in same person; not causally related. Best to treat hemorrhoids well (keep stool soft, shrink swollen tissue, avoid straining and sitting a long time). Bleeding may be only sign of hidden bowel disease, such as colitis or cancer. Suggest you check with doctor now to be safe. But cancer is not inevitable. ...Read more

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Been experiencing hemorrhoids since? Jun 2016. Have 2 non-painful lumps 2-3cm from anus. Had colonoscopy in Dec no issues. Hemorrhoids or cancer St. 1

Colorectal surgery: See a colorectal surgery specialist. Hemorrhoids are extremely common so don't worry you'll be okay. Avoid straining stay hydrated so bowel movements are easier. Sitz baths and preparation h or female prep h pads. Colorectal surgery can band hemorrhoids, examine for other conditions, and offer expert advice. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

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


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