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Typical Anal Cancer Symptoms

Anal cancer symptoms often occur in the early stages of the disease. This, combined with the fact that treatments are very effective for early-stage anal cancers, give patients favorable odds for recovery.

Commonly experienced anal cancer symptoms include:

  • Anal discharge
  • Itchiness, tenderness, bleeding, or pain in the anal area
  • Anal lump(s)
  • Changes in bowel movement shapes
  • Sensations of fullness or frequent urges for bowel movements

For individuals who experience any of these symptoms, it is important to be examined by a healthcare professional. Early diagnosis may prevent the growth and spread of a tumor, making treatment more likely to succeed. A doctor can perform a simple digital rectal exam (DRE) by using a gloved finger to search for odd growths. Other tests that can be used include ultrasound, anoscopy, and proctoscopy.

Tampa General Hospital has a team of specialists who are highly skilled at treating cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, including anal cancer. We are visited by surgeons from across the country to observe our practices. Additionally, our team of experienced physicians meets biweekly to review each patient and create an individualized treatment plan, which helps us achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients.

For a physician referral, please use our PhysicianFinder tool or call (813) 844-2200.