Five anal cancer symptoms can be used to help identify the presence of anal cancer. Anal cancer is primarily caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), and its occurrence in the United States and other developing countries is on the rise. The following five symptoms commonly occur in cases of anal cancer.
Pain. Soreness or pain in and around the anal area is one of the most common anal cancer symptoms, which can be experienced as a sensation of dull pressure, or may feel like a sharper pain. The feeling of pain may be constantly present, or may only occur during bowel movements.
Feeling of Fullness. Due to the growth of cancer tumors around the sphincter muscle, a feeling of fullness can be experienced as a sign of anal cancer. This can give the sensation of needing to have a bowel movement, even when one is not needed. Pain may also accompany this sensation.
Bleeding/Discharge. A common anal cancer symptom is the presence of blood in the stool or bleeding during bowel movements. Discharge from the anus may also be present, which typically appears as a mucous-like substance and may include blood.
Itching. Another common sign of anal cancer is an itching sensation in and around the anus.
- Lumps. The presence of one or more masses or hard spots located on the outer area of the anus is also one of the most common anal cancer symptoms. Such masses or lumps occur as the result of growing cancer tumors in the anal region.