Anal cancer is a rare cancer form that starts in the anus -- the opening at the end of the rectum. Many types of tumours can develop in the anus; some are benign (non-cancerous). Cancer may start off as benign but over time can develop into cancer. These are called pre-cancerous conditions.
The possible signs of anal cancer include bleeding from the anus or rectum or a lump near the anus. There are certain conditions that may cause the same symptoms. A doctor should be consulted if any of the following problems occur.
When diagnosed early, anal cancer is highly treatable. The choice of treatment depends on factors such as the location, type and the stage of the tumour. In choosing your treatment plan, you and your cancer care team will also take into account your health and your personal preferences.
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