A reality check (and resources!) on all things anal cancer

Emily Land

A reality check (and resources!) on all things anal cancer

July 19, 2018, by Emily Land

If it’s a bump, or some bleeding, it might be a hemorrhoid or a fissure from a particularly rough night. But pain and bleeding can also be a symptom of anal cancer—a much less common condition (but one that people may worry about more).

Before you jump to the conclusion that a bump on your butt is anal cancer, get a reality check from Joel Palefsky, MD, and J. Michael Berry-Lawhorn, MD, who are both anal dysplasia specialists. They have info about who’s at higher risk for anal cancer, what it’s caused by, and how you can take smart steps to get care if you suspect something is wrong.

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