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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. 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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How horrible iching can get in anal cancer?

How horrible iching can get in anal cancer?

Do you have the prob: Itching is not a major complaint in those who have a diagnosis of Anal cancer. Please ask the question more clearly if you have either Itching or a diagnosis of Anal Cancer. ...Read more

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Should everyone get a second opinion for a diagnosis of anal cancer?

Should everyone get a second opinion for a diagnosis of anal cancer?

Yes: A second opinion can often be helpful, especially with uncommon cancers and in situations where there are different treatment options to consider. ...Read more

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Is it possible for teens / pre teens to get anal cancer?

Is it possible for teens / pre teens to get anal cancer?

Takes years : You can, at any age, acquire the hpv strain that will eventually become an anal cancer. This can happen with one's first sexual exposure to the virus, or be prevented if you have received the vaccine series & completed it at least a month prior to exposure. The tissue changes that are triggered by the virus & become cancer take years & the likelihood of diagnosis in the teen years is remote. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is anal cancer and how do you get it?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is anal cancer and how do you get it?

Usually squamous: Starts as a bump or ulcer. The known risk factor is unprotected receptive anal intercourse, and it's related to hpv as is cervical cancer. It's under intensive study right now, and folks who do this sort of thing can get a screening like a woman's cervical pap smear. ...Read more

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What type of docs check for anal cancer where they get lube and swab their finger in peoples anal?

Primary, gyn, gi: If you are concerned about a mass in the anus them your primary care doctor or gyn can evaluate to determine of this is a true rumor or hemorrhoids. Male patients are evaluated after 40-50yo for prostate nodules with a digital rectal exam. If suspected a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon will need to evaluate the mass for biopsy and pathologic evaluation. ...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?

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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What are symptoms of anal cancer?

What are symptoms of anal cancer?

Anal cancer symptoms: Well just think about where it is and how cancer is usually a non healing open sore.So there can be pressure, pain, bleeding, and a palpable knot that you can feel when you wipe.There can be a change in the shape of the stool, like getting thinner or flat on one side.If you think you have anal cancer get checked out. It is highly curable:). ...Read more

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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