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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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What does anal squamous cell cancer look like?

What does anal squamous cell cancer look like?

Lump or ulcer: Each is likely to be more firm than the surrounding tissue, and to penetrate deeply. ...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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Dr. David Stein
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Anal Cancer (Definition)

Anal cancer is a rare cancer that occurs in the anal canal, which is a short tube at the very end of the rectum where stool leaves the body. Common symptoms include rectal ...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