Anal cancer is a malignancy that starts in the anus (the opening at the end of the rectum). The most common symptom associated with anal cancer is bleeding. Because anal itching can also be a symptom of the cancer, many people initially attribute their bleeding and itching to hemorrhoids. This can delay the diagnosis of anal cancer.
When it is found early, anal cancer is highly treatable. It may be detected during a routine rectal exam or during a minor procedure, such as treatment of what is believed to be a hemorrhoid. This is why the best means of avoiding cancer is prevention and early detection.
Dr. Cranford can help you in your effort to prevent cancer by performing an early examination and help with eliminating the irritating and inflammatory diseases which may lead to cancer.