Anal cancer is a rare form of cancer with 930 people diagnosed every year within the UK. The most common type of cancer within this group is squamous cell carcinoma.
Things to look out for
Symptoms can include but are not limited to:
- Bleeding from the anus
- Inability to control bowel movements
- Ulcers around the anus area, which can in some cases also appear on the buttocks
- Small lumps around the anus area, commonly confused with piles
- A mucus discharge from the anus
- Itching around the anus which can be accompanied by pain and discomfort
There are rarer types of anal cancers known as basal cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and melanoma. Symptoms for these cancers may differ.