Anal cancer is the most uncommon form of colorectal cancer in the United States. According to recent estimates by the American Cancer Society, anal cancer affects approximately 7,200 people each year. As a result, it is one of the least researched and funded cancers in the world.
Although there may not be much information reported about anal cancer in the news, it is a dangerous disease. Due to the disparity in cancer funding and research, there are few treatment options for anal cancer. Unfortunately, 14 percent of people who are diagnosed with anal cancer will not survive the disease.
Early diagnosis is a key component to overcoming an anal cancer diagnosis. Here are 10 signs that could indicate the presence of anal cancer in your body.
One of the most common and confusing symptoms associated with anal cancer is rectal bleeding. This symptom is common because millions of people experience rectal bleeding each year. It is confusing because rectal bleeding can be a symptom of hemorrhoids, anal fissures, colon cancer or any number of other conditions. A few things you should pay attention to are the color and amount of the blood that is present in your rectal area. The presence of bright red blood indicates the blood originates from an area close to the opening of your anus. The presence of dark-colored blood indicates that the blood originates from the upper parts of your bowels. As soon as you notice blood in your stool, act immediately. It is important to consult a physician to get a proper diagnosis. Even though the blood is bright red, do not assume that you are healthy.