How I coped with the stigma of anal cancer
Anal cancer often does not have symptoms. When it does have symptoms, they vary from person to person. If you have anal cancer symptoms, they may include:
- Anal or rectal bleeding
- Pain or pressure around the anus
- Change in bowel habits
- Narrower stool than usual
- A lump close to the anus
- Swollen lymph nodes in the anal or groin area
- Anal discharge
These symptoms do not always mean you have anal cancer. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms that last more than two weeks with your doctor, since they may signal other health problems.
Learn more about anal cancer diagnosis.
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