Donate Shop. The anus is the opening at the end of the bowel. It is made up of the last few centimetres of the bowel anal canal and the skin around the opening anal margin.
Diagnosing anal cancer
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Anal cancer occurs in the anus, which is at the end of the gastrointestinal tract. It is different from and less common than colorectal cancer, which is cancer of the colon or rectum. Anal cancer is rare, but the number of new cases is rising. Of these, 5, will affect females, and 2, will affect males. The ACS expect around 1, people to die from anal cancer, including females and males.
When cancer cells form into benign or malignant tumors in the tissues of the anus, anal cancer has occurred. The anus is the opening at the bottom of your intestines where stool exits the body. Anal cancer is rare, but when it occurs, it may spread to other parts of the body. Some noncancerous forms of anal cancer can also turn cancerous over time. If you have any of the below symptoms and risk factors, talk to your doctor about your concerns. There are various forms of anal cancer, each defined by the type of tumor that develops. A tumor is an abnormal growth in the body. Tumors can either be benign or malignant. Malignant tumors may spread to other parts of the body over time, if left untreated.
Ask your doctor to use this picture to show you where the cancer is. Solid waste poop comes out of the anus. There are many types of anal cancer. Most are rare. Your doctor can tell you more about the type you have. Below are the medical names for the most common types of anal cancer. Carcinoma is another name for cancer. These tumors start in the cells that line the inside of the anus and have grown into the deeper layers of the anus. Some anal cancers cause no symptoms at all. But symptoms of anal cancer can be: changes in your poop, bleeding, itching, and pain or a lump at the anal opening.