Some anal cancer can be discovered early because they have some typical signs that you can recognize and visit your doctor. However, there are also some that don’t have any symptoms until reach an advanced stage. There are also some anal cancers that have similar signs to other disease which makes their detection more difficult.
First of all, let’s see what anal cancer is. It is a kind of cancer that begins at the opening of the rectum (also known as anus). It is quite unusual and overlooked by a lot of people. A lot of people that recognize the signs of anal cancer don’t talk about them neither with their doctor nor their friends because they are ashamed. But there is nothing to be ashamed about.
The early detection of the anal cancer depends on the place and the type of the cancer. Cancers that are located higher in the anal canal are less likely to cause any signs. Anal melanomas usually spread earlier than the other cancers, which makes it hard to diagnose them early.
Anal cancer should not be confused with colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer affects the whole large intestine and the rectum, while the anal cancer just the start of the anus.
Over 8,000 Americans are diagnosed with anal cancer every year and it is estimated that 1,000 of them will die. Statistically, one of every four people with anal cancer has been diagnosed after the disease has spread to the lymph nodes, and one of every ten people has been diagnosed after it has infected other organs. The number fo people that suffer from anal cancer has increased in the last decade.
HERE ARE THE SYMPTOMS!
Although it is really hard to detect anal cancer in its earliest stages because there are not many signs, as the cancer develops, the signs start to appear. They include: