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Anal Cancer Symptoms

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Anal Cancer, HIV and Gay/Bisexual Men

In the general population, anal cancer is a rare disease. Few people knew about it before Farrah Fawcett made public her struggle with the illness. Among men who have sex with men (MSM), and especially HIV-positive MSM, the incidence of anal cancer is significantly more prevalent and increasing annually. 1 However, the majority of gay and bisexual men know little about the disease, have never been tested for it, nor know that screening tests...
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Anal Cancer or Hemorrhoids?

I was diagnosed with HIV and HPV, last year. I started treatment immediately. Now, I'm undetectable and have a 600 CD4 count. Recently, I noticed a lump on my anus. I went to the STD clinic, to rule out the possibility of any STDs. Fortunately,...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Although most of your symptoms are still consistent with hemorrhoids, may be worth while to see a gastroenterologist for at minimum anoscopy or likely a colonoscopy.... Read more »

What are the warning signs of anal cancer?

Hi Dr. Bruce, Could you tell me, what would be some warning signs of anal cancer? I occasionally have a little blood in my stools. What would you advise? Thank you,Concerned...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Anal cancer can indeed present at change in bowel habit; blood in stool, pain with bowel movements, lump or bump in the area, and so on. Most anal cancers in HIV'ers are related to the human papillomavirus (HPV); HPV causes anal warts. Many... Read more »

should family members be screened for anal cancer as well?

My brother has been diagnosed with anal squamous cell cancer - does this automatically mean, as my own GP suggested, that I should be screened for rectal cancer as well or because this is an HIV related cancer, I do not need to have regular...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
First we need to differentiate between rectal cancer and anal cancer. They are actually quite different. Anal cancer comes from the anal canal, which is the portion of the gut closest to the butt-hole. On the other hand rectal cancer comes from... Read more »

anal cancer?

Dr. Pierone,It seems that hiv patients still get alot of cases of anal and colorectal cancer? What is being done to prevent these occurences from occuring? And are better drugs being put in for treatment?Lyle...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
I think that there are more cases of anal cancer since people are living much longer with HIV and we need to do more to make an early diagnosis. Most cases of anal cancer are related to papilloma virus infections. These viral infections most often... Read more »
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Anal cancer

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I tested positive 14 years ago, and have had several AIDS complications. But this is my most recent cause for alarm:
My rectal surgeon has been monitoring and burning off my anal warts for the past 2 years. Recently, we decided one recurring spot... Read more »

Anal wart surgery

Posted by Anonymous, 8 Replies
I am about to have surgery for anal warts that I have in my anal canal. I was wondering if anyone else has had the outpatient surgery and tell me wht it's like post-op. when will I be able to go back to work? How long am I likey to be in discomfort? Read more »

Anal Swelling & Numbness

Posted by Hal64, 1 Reply
Hello AlI,
Has any body experienced this symptom ? On a google search, this is related to STD's. I had a similar post awhile back - maybe mistitled as Enlarged Prostate. I did go see my family doctor last week (Day 29) and had him check it out. He... Read more »

Anal sex question-Help

Posted by Anonymous
I have read RKull's answers on anal sex & I am a bit confused & concerned. It sounds like if you have any sort of break in the skin that this is almost 100% that you will receive HIV if with a HIV+ person! Many postings talk about that... Read more »