What are the signs and symptoms of anal cancer in human papillomavirus (HPV) infection?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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The most common presenting symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the anus are rectal bleeding and sensation of a mass. These symptoms may be attributed mistakenly to hemorrhoids.

Fifty percent of men who are homosexual and have SCC of the anus have a history of anorectal warts; however, only 20% of women with SCC and men who are not homosexual have this history.


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