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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

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

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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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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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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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?

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 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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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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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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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?

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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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 internal hemorrhoids since July, found 2 hard lumps inch from anus 11/14. Protected anal 10/25 &10/31, Bf and I are vaccinated. Anal cancer sign?

Have internal hemorrhoids since July, found 2 hard lumps inch from anus 11/14. Protected anal 10/25 &10/31, Bf and I are vaccinated. Anal cancer sign?

Need to examine: The lumps may be thrombosed hemorrhoids, but it is not feasible to be sure without examining you. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an in-person evaluation.
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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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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I due for colonoscopy on Tuesday. Have had either bleeding hemorrhoids or (hopefully not anal cancer) a month or so. Haven't seen doctor, just his nur?

I due for colonoscopy on Tuesday. Have had either bleeding hemorrhoids or (hopefully not anal cancer) a month or so. Haven't seen doctor, just his nur?

Tell doctor: Tell your doctor of your concern prior to colonoscopy so that s/he may examine your anal canal before the procedure.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between hemmerhoids and anal cancer?

How can you tell the difference between hemmerhoids and anal cancer?

See a doctor...: For an exam. You cannot see the area to tell. Generally a hemorrhoid will be soft & raised & maybe slightly tender. Anal cancer would be more flat & firm and generally not sore. Anal cancer much more rare too. But needs an exam by a doctor to tell. ...Read more

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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?

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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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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I'm 27 yrs old, last year I had bleeding when I pop, I went to colonoscopy and its ok, year after blood and itchy comes back. Anal cancer or hemrroids?

Hemorrhoids more: Likely. Anal cancer is uncommon unless one has been engaging in receptive anal intercourse and got infected with HPV. Even hemorrhoids can lead to sufficient blood loss to cause anemia and you should consult a doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy w/o biopsy reliable? Does routine colonoscopy w/o symptoms also check for anal cancer? Finally, can be cancer mistaken for hemroids. THX

Here are some...: Your Q is well taken. However, even today all what medical professionals can do is to apply current available knowledge, skill, technology, medication, common sense, & wisdom at reasonable time in reasonable way for reasonable patient. More facts: Behind what we know always still hides a lot of what we do not know. Nonetheless, what you have had should be sufficient to assure your current health. ...Read more

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Pain between tailbone/anus when sitting + constipation months. Colonoscopy reg w/internal hemroids. Scared results wrong. My dad passed of anal cancer.

Pain between tailbone/anus when sitting + constipation months. Colonoscopy reg w/internal hemroids. Scared results wrong. My dad passed of anal cancer.

Sounds like you have: Coccydynia, although this needs to be confirmed by a physical exam. You should seek the help of a Spine Surgeon. The condition can be helped by decreasing any pressure to the tender area, physical therapy, steroid injections, and it still may take months to resolve.
Chronic constipation-treat with regimen of daily fiber, hydration, and a non-stimulant. Discus with the Colonoscopy Doc. Good luck... ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy diagnosed with internal hemrhoids. Stingy with bowel movement. If fisher what can do to relieve symptoms. Could this be anal cancer?

Had colonoscopy diagnosed with internal hemrhoids. Stingy with bowel movement. If fisher what can do to relieve symptoms. Could this be anal cancer?

Hemorrhoids: There are over the counter suppositories that can help with the symptoms. They would likely have identified anything that looks like it could be anal cancer when they did the colonoscopy. Try to drink plenty of water and not become constipated. ...Read more

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What is the difference between having anal cancer and colon cancer?

What is the difference between having anal cancer and colon cancer?

Location: An anal cancer may likely be a different cell type, located more near the skin of the anal opening. It may be treated differently with radiation and chemotherapy rather than surgery, depending on the cell type. Colon caner can be located anywhere in the large intestine, and is treated wth surgery to remove the tumor, and sometimes radiation or chemotherapy may be used after surgery. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference between colon cancer and anal cancer?

Please help! What is the difference between colon cancer and anal cancer?

Each is dIfferent: Colon cancer is in the colorectal area, adenocarcinoma spreads to abdominal lymph nodes first and more common than anal cancer, develops in anal canal squamous cell cancer, spreads to groin nodes first. Recently more frequently seen in HIV patients. ...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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What are the differences between the symptoms of hemmorhoids and anal cancer?

What are the differences between the symptoms of hemmorhoids and anal cancer?

Exam or colonoscopy: Many people present with "piles" and this can actually be the issue or one of many other problems that your doctor can help
there are dietary, behavioral, hygiene modifications as well as procedures that can help with these common problems.
Both constipation and diarrhea can lead to this condition as well it is best if you consult with a general or colorectal surgeon to help with this matter. ...Read more

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What's the difference between colon and anal cancer?

What's the difference between colon and anal cancer?

Location: Location, type of cell and type of treatments are all different. Anal cancer is located in or around the skin of the anus and is usually squamous cell. Treatment is often chemo and radiation.
Colon cancer is actually in the bowel and is an adenocarcinoma. Surgery is usually the first approach.
Chemotherapy for colorectal cancers is different than for anal cancer. ...Read more

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I might have anal cancer how do I tell my boss?

I might have anal cancer how do I tell my boss?

It's important: To tell your boss that you have a serious medical problem that is going to require a few months of treatment, but really is not their business to know the specifics, nor your obligation to talk about it with them or co-workers. This is why there is protected health care information. That means private. ...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