Anal cancer is a rare type of cancer that develops in the anus, the end of the large intestine. Anal cancer is more common in men than women and usually affects people over 40. Although anal cancer can occur at any age, it’s more common in those who are 50 or older.
The signs of anal cancer include bleeding, itching and/or discomfort in the anal area. These symptoms may be associated with:
Anal irritation (itching) or bleeding.
Pain when passing stool, urine or gas.
Pain when sitting or standing for long periods of time; pain radiates up into lower back and legs if you are standing for a long period of time.
If you experience any of these symptoms, see your doctor immediately!
Anal cancer is a rare cancer of the far end of the large intestine. The rectum is made up of three parts:
The ascending colon, which runs from where you eat and drink to your anus.
The transverse colon, which runs alongside it.
The sigmoid colon (the lower half), also known as part of your rectum.
Anal cancer is often associated with having a history of anal warts (a wart-like growth on the skin). This may be because some people who have anal warts are more likely to get an infection that leads to anal cancer later on.
The most common symptom of anal cancer is a change in bowel habits lasting two or more weeks. This could be a sign that you’ve got anal cancer. If you have any changes to your bowel habits that last more than two weeks, it’s important to see your doctor as soon as possible so they can check out why this is happening and try to prevent it from getting worse.
You may have a lump or swelling near the anus. The lump may be painless and small, or it may be painful to touch. It can also be white, yellow or red in color and smooth to irregular in shape. The size of your anal cancer will affect how painful it is to have one of these lumps removed from your body by surgery.
If you have an anal cancer that has spread beyond nearby lymph nodes (the organs that fight infection), you may feel tired all the time because of blood loss caused by treatment for your cancer and other health problems associated with large tumors like yours.
If you have anal cancer, you may want to consider surgery. Surgery is the most common treatment for this disease and can be done alone or in combination with chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Surgery usually involves removing part of your digestive tract (the anus, rectum and other parts) so that it contains no cancerous tissue. The procedure usually causes no pain because anesthetic chemicals are used before surgery begins and then again during the operation itself. After surgery, patients are given antibiotics to prevent infection from spreading through their bodies after they recover from anesthesia drugs used during the operation.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to kill cancer cells without harming normal cells around them by targeting only damaged ones while leaving healthy ones intact
Hemorrhoids are not cancerous, but they may be painful and bleeding. They can also cause itching or burning in the rectal area. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to get checked by a doctor if you’re experiencing any unusual bleeding or pain.
Hemorrhoid surgery is usually done through an incision made in the buttock area (anal sphincterotomy). The surgeon makes an incision in your anus and removes any swollen tissue that has grown around it (hemorrhoidal prolapse). This procedure can help improve symptoms caused by hemorrhoids such as external hemorrhoids and internal hemorrhoids; however, it doesn’t cure them completely because these conditions often return later on down the road after surgery has been completed
While anal cancer is very rare and relatively easy to treat, it’s important to get checked out by a doctor if you have any signs or symptoms of anal cancer. If you or someone you know has anal cancer, seek medical attention immediately.
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