The Difference Between Colon Cancer and Anal Cancer
Saturday, July 22, 2017
July 17 Blog
Title: The Difference Between Colon Cancer and Anal Cancer
Last month we discussed the differences in types of colorectal cancers. As we mentioned, many people are surprised to learn that anal cancer is actually a completely different type of cancer.
Colorectal cancer occurs in the colon, which include the rectum, whereas anal cancer affects the lining of the anus. This image shows where each of these parts are in the large intestine. Anal cancer accounts for less than 1% of all cancers in the US.
Symptoms of anal cancer are easily confused with other conditions, or vice versa:
· Anal pain
· Rectal bleeding
· Anal itching
· A mass or growth in anal canal
It is important to consult a doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms. They could be signs of anal cancer, another form of cancer, hemorrhoids, or another colon complications.
Treatment is available for those diagnosed with anal cancer, including chemotherapy and radiation. As with colorectal cancers, diseases and conditions, early detection is key to treatment.
Risk factors for anal cancer have been identified as the following:
· Receptive anal intercourse
· HPV Infection
· Presence of LSIL, HSIL, and other forms of anal dysplasia
If these apply to you, we strongly recommend that you schedule a screening with our office. It could very well save your life.
Dr. Matta is a leading expert is all forms colon, rectal, and anal cancers, as well as other afflictions on the area. If you are looking for answers, we can help. Call today.