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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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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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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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What are the symptoms of anal cancer?

What are the symptoms of anal cancer?

Occurs in men &: Women, associated with genital warts (condyloma and hpv), can cause painful bm's, bleeding, itching, difficulty sitting. Can cause groin nodes to enlarge. Needs to be assessed and biopsied; different from rectal cancer in cause, treatment and outlook. While associated with passive anal intercourse, most don't, but be prepared for the question. It's curable! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of anal cancer?

What are the symptoms of anal cancer?

See below: Anal cancers may present with bleeding, local mass, pain and itching. Men practicing receptive anal sex are at greater risk. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anal-cancer/ds00852. ...Read more

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I have 2 possible symptoms of anal cancer but I don't bleed often/ could I have it?

I have 2 possible symptoms of anal cancer but I don't bleed often/ could I have it?

It's time to place a: Call to a medical GI physician or "proctologist" to let the experts decide how many "symptoms" and what signs (nodes) warrant endoscopic evaluation and whetehr biopsy should be done. Both men and women get this. It is not always related to sex. Do not fear, let them examine your rear! this can be fixed, don't wait. ...Read more

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Hi what are the signs of anal cancer?

Hi what are the signs of anal cancer?

Bleeding most common: About half of patients will have rectal bleeding as a first symptom. A third of patients will experience pain or a sense of a rectal mass. About 20 percent of patients will have no symptoms at all. Never assume one has hemorrhoids. Best to have it checked. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having anal cancer at the age of 18? No history at family . What would be the very first symptoms?

What are the chances of having anal cancer at the age of 18? No history at family . What would be the very first symptoms?

Almost 0: Very low chance of anal cancer at that age. The incidence starts rising around 30 years and 50% of cases are diagnosed in people >65 years old. It is usually related to HPV infection. Men who are hiv positive are at higher risk younger with screenings including anal PAP-type smears for abnormal cells. ...Read more

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What distinguishes symptoms between hemmorhoids from anal cancer?

What distinguishes symptoms between hemmorhoids from anal cancer?

See below: Both typically present with bleeding with stool and can be difficult to differentiate based on symptoms alone. Exam by a specialist is a must. ...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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Is anal leaking a common or rare symptom of anal cancer and how common is anal cancer in the us?

Is anal leaking a common or rare symptom of anal cancer and how common is anal cancer in the us?

Common or not.: Doesn't matter. Anal leaking can be a sign of anal cancer but there are many more causes of this sympotm. See your doctor and have this issue evaluated. Anal cancer can be cured but it needs to be found early. Remember farrah fawsett major. Tragic case for a curable disease. Learn from her. I don't know all her details, but her death can teach us a lesson. ...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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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

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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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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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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Is itching,discomfort and burning after bowel movements a sign of anal cancer? I am 18 with no history of anal cancer at family. I have tried Vermox

Is itching,discomfort and burning after bowel movements a sign of anal cancer? I am 18 with no history of anal cancer at family. I have tried Vermox

No.: Anal cancer is very rare, especially in an 18 year old, but hemmorrhoids, anal fissure (constipation?) and anal warts/HPV would all cause those symptoms. Also, anal infection with strep (if exposed to strep throat) or yeast infection (if on recent antibiotics or exposure to yeast vaginitis). Contact to chemicals or perfume in TP can cause itching. Good luck. You may need to get checked out. ...Read more

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Is anal itching by itself(without any bleeding) especially after bowel movements and walking a symptom of anal cancer? i am age 18.

It is not: Without a mass, this is not evidence of anal cancer, which would be unusual at your age. If it persists for two weeks or is severe enough to interfere with sleep, get with your physician. ...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?

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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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