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Anal Cancer or HemorrhoidsAs you may know, hemorrhoids are a pretty common ailment that people deal with every day. For many people, it is a lack of constipation relief that causes the hemorrhoids as hard stools are pushed through the body and irritate or rip the walls of the anus.
When many people see bleeding in the toilet, they assume they have a bout of hemorrhoids and pick up an over the counter treatment. But, what if what they think are hemorrhoids symptoms are really something more? What if they are actually dealing with the early cases of anal cancer?
Unfortunately, many people who make their own diagnoses end up not realizing they have something more than hemorrhoids until it is too late. They focus on constipation relief and hemorrhoids treatments instead of seeing a doctor to find out what is really wrong. In some rare cases, what one thinks is just chronic hemorrhoids could be something much more dangerous – anal cancer.
Some of the early symptoms of anal cancer are bleeding in the stool, which many people believe is bleeding from hemorrhoids. Other symptoms can be pressure in that area, which some may believe is just a message that they need constipation relief. Beyond that they ignore it.
If you have a case of hemorrhoids that seem to not be clearing up, you should have them checked out by your doctor. Either they can help you get over that bad case of hemorrhoids, or perhaps they can help you catch something more menacing, like anal cancer, before it gets too bad.
Generally at this time your doctor will do one of a few things. The first may be to just do a regular or digital rectal exam to try and find out what is going on. They can also do more detailed exams and screening at that point if things are not quite right.
If you have not heard a lot about anal cancer, there are a lot of risk factors that can make you more likely to have it than others. They include:
- Cervical cancer
- Gynecological malignancies
- Weakened immune system
- Atypical Pap smear
- Human Papaloma Virus 16 or 18
- Multiple sex partners
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Anal intercourse