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Help everyone I am so worried I have cancer of the anus. Is colonoscopy the only way to tell for sure?

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Dr. Donald Kim
Surgery - Colorectal
4 doctors agree

In brief: Other options

If you are only worried about anal cancer, this can probably be evaluated with just a digital rectal exam from a qualified specialist.
A rigid proctoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy can confirm, but a gloved finger should be able to help you. Best to discuss your concerns with a doctor.

In brief: Other options

If you are only worried about anal cancer, this can probably be evaluated with just a digital rectal exam from a qualified specialist.
A rigid proctoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy can confirm, but a gloved finger should be able to help you. Best to discuss your concerns with a doctor.
Dr. Donald Kim
Dr. Donald Kim
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Go to see MD

Go to see your doctor and have yourself checked.
Your doc can examine and see if there is any abnormality on the anus/perianal area etc. If there is suspicious finding then your doc will refer you to have a biopsy to the lesion, and colonoscopy if indicated- pending to your doctor evaluation- and other work-up accordingly. Dont delay, see your md.

In brief: Go to see MD

Go to see your doctor and have yourself checked.
Your doc can examine and see if there is any abnormality on the anus/perianal area etc. If there is suspicious finding then your doc will refer you to have a biopsy to the lesion, and colonoscopy if indicated- pending to your doctor evaluation- and other work-up accordingly. Dont delay, see your md.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology

In brief: See your doctor

You do not need colonoscopy, but need to consult your doctor. This is not an issue for self diagnosis.

In brief: See your doctor

You do not need colonoscopy, but need to consult your doctor. This is not an issue for self diagnosis.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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