Anal cancer occurs at the end of the digestive tract. It can involve the anal canal, the lower area of the rectum or the skin surrounding the anus. Although obvious symptoms during the early stages of anal cancer are rare, there are warning signs.
Signs and symptoms of anal cancer
The following signs can often be seen in other benign conditions, but they should warrant further investigation:
- Blood in the stool
- Recurring anal discomfort, such as pain, burning or itching
- Unexplained weight loss
- A mass, ulcer, or other bump near the anus
Factors that may increase the risk of anal cancer
- Human papillomavirus infection (a type of virus that can be found in the skin of the genital region)
- HIV infection
- Inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease (or other chronic inflammatory states)
- Participation in anoreceptive intercourse
- Pelvic radiation
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