Anal Cancer is sometimes misdiagnosed as Anal Fissure

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Anal Fissure, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Anal Cancer.

Anal cancer is cancer of the anus or end of the digestive tract. Symptoms of anal cancer include pain or pressure in the anal canal, discharge or lump near the anus and a change in bowel habits. Anal cancer can be misdiagnosed as haemorrhoids, anal fissure, fistulas, and anal warts.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Pain or pressure in the anal area, bleeding, itching, unusual anal discharge, change in bowel habits, lump near the anus

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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