• Iyana's Avatar

    Iyana asked a questionAnal Cancer

    What causes anal cancer?

    • Dawsonsmom's Avatar

      My sister had anal cancer 20 yrs ago and her only sx was pain. She thought she had hemorrhoids. She was told it is a form of skin cancer. I know someone who is a PA for a surgeon and once told me the thinking is they are seeing more anal cancer secondary to people using tanning beds. In reading about the BRCA1 mutation, there appears to be an association not only with breast and ovarian cancer, but also cervical, thyroid, esophageal and anal cancers.

      about 1 month ago
    • BugsBunny's Avatar

      I'm sure it's like so many other cancers that if they knew exactly what causes any type of cancer they would develop a way to keep it from happening.

      about 1 month ago
    • carm's Avatar

      I am an oncology nurse and @Dawsonsmom is correct in that it could derive from squamous cell carcinoma but the most common cause is the human papillomavirus. Best of luck to you.

      about 1 month ago