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What Are the Symptoms of Anal Cancer?

Sometimes anal cancer does not cause any symptoms at all. Bleeding from the rectum is the most common symptom of anal cancer. These are other symptoms:

  • Pain or pressure in the anal area

  • Itching around the anus

  • Discharge from the anus

  • Swollen lymph nodes in the anal or groin area

  • Narrower stools

  • An increase or decrease in bowel movements

  • Straining during a bowel movement

Although these are symptoms of anal cancer, they may also be caused by other, less serious medical problems. If you have any of these symptoms, talk with your doctor.

Online Medical Reviewer: Foster, Sara, RN, MPH
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Date Last Reviewed: 1/2/2014
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