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How is anal cancer diagnosed?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Charles Sturgis
Anal cancer and anal cancer precursors can also be diagnosed by anal cytology (exfoliative brushing of the anus / anal Pap test).
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Symptom of Anal ca

Anal cancer can start with symptoms similar to hemorrhoids like bleeding and pain with bowel movements.
You might also feel a mass at the anal opening. Your doctor will need to take a biopsy of the area. Cancer can only be diagnosed by looking at the tissue under the microscope.

In brief: Symptom of Anal ca

Anal cancer can start with symptoms similar to hemorrhoids like bleeding and pain with bowel movements.
You might also feel a mass at the anal opening. Your doctor will need to take a biopsy of the area. Cancer can only be diagnosed by looking at the tissue under the microscope.
Dr. Kris Gast
Dr. Kris Gast
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