Anal cancer develops in the anus, the part of your gastrointestinal tract that is at the end of the colon and below the rectum. This cancer differs from colorectal cancer in that the development of cancer cells begins in the anus rather than the colon. Cancer cells can develop in the anus for many reasons, and both benign (noncancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors are possible results. East Cooper Medical Group uses endoscopic procedures provide the screening measures needed to diagnose anal cancer in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Anal cancer most commonly develops in the squamous cells that line the anal canal. This type of cancer makes up around 25% of anal cancer cases and is diagnosed as squamous cell carcinomas.

In the early stages, there are little to no anal cancer signs. At some point, you may develop anal cancer symptoms, including:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Pain or itchiness in rectal area
  • A lump near the anal opening
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Abnormal anal discharge
  • Swelling of the anus

Contact East Cooper Medical Group to schedule your appointment with our doctors who specialize in colorectal surgery and anal cancer treatment. Visit us online to learn more or call us at (843)-416-9319.