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Causes Of Anal Cancer

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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 Sex and Colorectal Cancer

I heard from someone that if you engage in anal sex then you are at risk to develop colorectal cancer. Is this true?...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Anal sex in and of itself probably does not cause anal cancer. What might lead to rectal cancer is an HPV/genital wart infection in the rectum/anus. Certain strains of HPV are more closely linked to cancers than others. HPV in the rectum/anus is... Read more »

Anal Cancer; can you get it by masturbating

This is a simple but very serious question. Since you can contract anal cancer from homosexual activity, is it possible to also contract anal cancer from excessive masturbation only?Sincerely,Francis ...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
You can NOT get anal cancer from masturbating. In fact, you can not get any cancer from masturbating. Masturbation is a completely safe activity. Most cases of anal cancer in gay men are caused by the HPV virus (human papillomavirus, also known... 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 »

anal cancer and blindness

My partner just passed away in March. He and I both have/had the virus. We did not take the same cocktail but I went to a support meeting not long ago and the information was given that people on the cocktails over ten years can get anal cancer and...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Anal cancer is an increasing threat to the health/life of HIV+ persons. Anal cancer is caused by the human papilloma virus. Anal pap testing is under evaluation as a screening test for anal cancer for men and women (higher risk if HIV+).Physical... 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 »

do genital warts cause cancer in men

Posted by team1, 1 Reply
they do cause cervical cancer in women among other things. but its been stated that the warts are harmless to men? is that true? 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 sex=HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I just read something suggesting that maybe AIDS is the result of drugs and anal sex. Think about this: you are having a foreign substance shot into your bloodstream--after so much fighting off "invaders" or semen maybe the immune system is... Read more »