Anal cancer

Cancer of the anus is rare. Around 1,000 people are diagnosed with anal cancer each year in the UK

The most common type of anal cancer is squamous cell carcinoma. Other rarer types are basal cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and melanoma.

Symptoms of anal cancer

The most common symptoms of anal cancer include:

  • Bleeding from the anus
  • Inability to control bowel movements
  • Ulcers around the anus area which can in some cases also appear on the buttocks
  • Small lumps around the anus area, commonly confused with piles
  • A mucus discharge from the anus
  • Itching around the anus which can be accompanied by pain and discomfort

There are rarer types of anal cancers known as basal cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and melanoma. Symptoms for these cancers may differ.

*Information provided by Macmillan cancer support

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