Anal cancer

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Finding anal cancer early

When anal cancer is found and treated early, the chances of successful treatment are better. Get regular health checkups and see your doctor if you have any symptoms or are worried about your health.

If you have a higher than average risk, you may need to visit your doctor more often to check for anal cancer. Talk to your doctor about tests that can help find anal cancer early, including the following:

  • digital rectal exam (DRE)
  • anoscopy (allows a doctor to look inside the anal canal and end of the rectum using an anoscope)
  • anal cytology (also called anal Pap test)

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Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.

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