Anal Cancer

Anal Cancer

Anal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the anus. Most anal cancers are related to human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Signs of anal cancer include bleeding from the anus or rectum or a lump near the anus.

Is anal cancer curable?
Treatment and responses to treatment vary greatly. Anal cancer is a serious disease. But treatments are effective, and most people can be cured. About half of all anal cancers are found early, before the cancer has spread beyond the anus.

How do you get anal cancer?
Several factors have been found to increase the risk of anal cancer, including:

  • Older age. Most cases of anal cancer occur in people age 50 and older.
  • Many sexual partners.
  • Anal sex.
  • Smoking.
  • History of cancer.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Drugs or conditions that suppress your immune system.

Do I have hemorrhoids or cancer?
Hemorrhoids are the most common cause of rectal bleeding, but cancer, including colorectal cancer and anal cancer, can also cause rectal bleeding. The color of the blood can indicate where the blood is coming from. Bright red blood is more likely to come from the lower digestive tract, such as the rectum or colon.

What does anal cancer feel like?
A lump near the anus. Pain or pressure in the area around the anus. Itching or discharge from the anus. A change in bowel habits.

Can guys feel your poop?
Anatomy. Anal sex can make a person feel the urge to poop. This is partly because there are a lot of nerve endings in this part of the body. When your internal anal sphincter relaxes — like it does when you go to the bathroom — it might make you think that’s what you’re about to do.

How come when I poop a lump comes out?
A rectal prolapse is when part of your rectum sticks out through your anus (back passage) to form a lump. The rectum is the last part of your bowel. You may notice the rectal prolapse when you’re having a bowel movement.


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