The Mirror. But just 12 months later, the mum-of-three, then aged 51, received the same devastating diagnosis. Jill had lived a quiet life in Buxton, Derbyshire, married to Tony, now 59, bringing up their children, Will, Ellie and Joe, then aged 21, 19 and 17, and working as a civil servant. Conscious of the taboo associated with anal cancer , Jill kept the diagnosis secret from all but her closest family. Everybody has a bottom. Anyone can get this cancer. Although anal cancer is still relatively rare, Cancer Research UK says cases have quadrupled since the mid s with figures dramatically higher for women — 1. In August , Jill first noticed bleeding from her back passage after going to the toilet. Since having children, Jill, 55, had suffered from occasional haemorrhoids — swollen veins in the anus.
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This is the same virus responsible for cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile and oral cancers. The list of cancers resulting from HPV continues to grow, with oral cancer mainly affecting men as the latest on the ongoing list. It has been known for quite some time, however, that HPV is responsible for anal cancer. Over the past three decades, anal cancer has risen among women by 78 percent, and it has risen among men by percent. It has been another seven years, and still, little is done to inform the public of this rapidly growing trend and the vaccine that can prevent the two most aggressive strains of HPV known to cause anal cancer.
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Still, most people don't know much about this disease. Is it sexually transmitted? Lifescript asked medical experts for answers to these and other questions What is anal cancer? The anal canal and its surroundings are made of several types of cells, and many tumors, malignant or benign, can develop in them. Warts, or condylomas, many of which are caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus HPV , can also lead to anal cancer. People who have had genital warts are more likely to develop this cancer, although the warts are not malignant. How common is it? In , nearly adults died from anal cancer. And most patients — as with most cancers — are diagnosed in their 60s.
Actress Farrah Fawcett lost her battle with anal cancer today at the age of She was first diagnosed in Anal cancer is one of those cancers no one likes to talk about because it's, well, anal cancer. But we really should discuss it as much as, say, cervical cancer. Both are predominately caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus. In fact, a study of 6, anal cancer patients the majority of whom were women found that 73 percent of the patients tested positive for the strain HPV, one of the strains that the Gardasil vaccine protects against. What's worrisome is that unlike cervical cancer, which has dropped dramatically since the advent of the Pap smear, anal cancer is on the rise. Incidence rates over the past 30 years have jumped by 78 percent in women and percent in men, probably because more people now have more sexual partners and more people have anal sex both among heterosexuals and gay men , says Lisa Johnson, a cancer epidemiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle who led the study. Having unprotected sex, either anal or vaginally, raises your risk of becoming infected with HPV. Smoking is also associated with a higher risk of anal cancer, according to information I gleaned from the National Cancer Institute website, possibly because it inhibits immune function.