Saturday, July 26, 2014

Anal Cancer

Anal cancer occurs in the anus, the end of the gastrointestinal tract. Anal cancer is very different from colorectal cancer, which is much more common. Anal cancer's causes, risk factors, clinical progression, staging and treatment are all very different from colorectal cancer. Anal cancer is a lump which is created by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells in the anus. Anal cancer is very rare.

Symptoms of anal cancer:

    Rectal bleeding - the patient may notice blood on feces or toilet paper.
    Pain in the anal area.
    Lumps around the anus. These are frequently mistaken for piles (hemorrhoids).
    Mucus discharge from the anus.
    Jelly-like discharge from the anus.
    Anal itching.
    Change in bowel movements. This may include diarrhea, constipation, or thinning of stools.
    Fecal incontinence (problems controlling bowel movements).
    Women may experience lower back pain as the tumor exerts pressure on the vagina.
    Women may experience vaginal dryness.

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