Anal cancer affects about 1 in 500 people, and it’s most common in ages 55-64. Although it’s less common than colorectal cancer, it still requires prompt treatment. At ACE Clinic, we’ll make sure you’re confident in your cancer treatment with the help of our team.
Anal cancer happens when cells within or around the anus begin to grow out of control. In some cases, it can spread to other areas like the liver or lungs. Precancerous cells can sometimes be diagnosed and treated before they become cancerous, so it’s important to undergo regular screening.
Some anal cancer patients don’t experience symptoms. Others can experience symptoms like:
- Anal bleeding
- A mass or growth
- Chronic itchiness
- Changes in bowel movements
- Narrow stool
- Swollen lymph nodes
It’s unknown exactly what causes anal cancer. However, there are certain risk factors that can make it more likely to develop:
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Being aged 55 or older
- HPV-related cancers
- HIV infection
- Anal sex
Anal cancer is typically diagnosed with an anoscopy procedure along with a biopsy of some of the affected tissue. Surgery to remove the cancerous tissue is best when the cancer is in its early stages and hasn’t spread. Major surgery involving a colostomy can sometimes be required if cancer is more advanced. In other cases, a combination of radiation and chemotherapy can be effective. Your colorectal expert will discuss your best options for treatment so you can feel confident in your care plan.
Anal cancer generally has a good outlook if caught early. However, anal cancer can return even with treatment, so it’s important to check in with your colorectal expert regularly and look for signs and symptoms.
Anal cancer can be effectively treated with the help of your colorectal expert. To learn more and schedule an appointment, we invite you to contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.
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