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How Do I Know If I Have 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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Does it sound like anal cancer?

I have been having soft yellow stools lately and my rectum feels strange when i contract it. also the place between my scrotum and rectum feels strange. does this sound like cancer. my stomach does not have any pain and as far as i can tell there is...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
There's obviously no way for me to know from your query whether or not you have anal cancer. However, any change in your stool should be checked out. The first step would be see your primary care provider. Further steps will depend upon what... Read more »

Anal cancer risk factors

I was recently diagnosed with anal cancer. I'm curious which risk factor was more important: the fact that I have HIV or that I'm over 50? (I know that being a gay man who had anal sex certainly played a role!)...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
I am sorry to hear about that.The main risk factors for anal cancer with HIV are low CD4, smoking and type and number of human papilloma viris strains you are carrying (the more partners you have the more of these you get). Most cancer become more... Read more »

HPV Anal Cancer Statistics

There are a series of statistics that are reported over and over again regarding the incidence of colon-rectal cancer among men: 0.9 out of 100,000 for all men; 35 out of 100,000 for MSM non-HIV, and 70 out of 100,000 for MSM with HIV. The comments...
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
I know about as much as what you quoted. Part of the problem is that rectal pap smears for detection of HPV associated anal carcinoma are still not routinely performed in MSM. Thus, we don't have good numbers, only insight from smaller studies.... Read more »

Cancer Anal canal

Dear Doctors:I was diagnosed with anal cancer (Nie III: Neoplasia Intrapitelial del Epitelio escamoso anal) at high risk. I really don't know what to do. Some doctors here in Chile say I should continue with the yearly control (Anoscopy), some...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
RusselThere are no "natural" therapies to slow down anal cancer. Please read this reply that I gave to someone(his name is also Russel) <a href="http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/Nutrition/Q213326.html" target=_new>Anal... 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 problems....

Posted by erik1964
I have been on hiv medication for more than 10 years now, I noticed that Viramune gives me no anal pleasure any more (but also did Darunavir). Because of the side effects I don't have lots of choices for therapy. Now I am on Truvada (really good... Read more »

unproteted anal sex

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i had anal sex (insertive partner) with a guy i did not know. he said he was negative...not sure if that is true. it is very scary.

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