Information in simple English

What is anal cancer?

Anal cancer is a rare cancer that develops in the anus. The anus, being a part of the digestive system, is the entrance where bowel movements depart the body at the end of the large intestine, below the rectum.


What causes the anal cancer?

  • Formation of aberrant cells in the body which later expand out of control and clump together to form tumours.
  • Related to the human papillomavirus (HPV), a STI sexually transmitted infection.

What are the signs of anal cancer?

  • Bleeding from the anus or rectum
  • Pain inside the proximity of the anus
  • A mass or boom with inside the anal canal
  • Anal itching