Cross was first diagnosed in November , when she said that her gynecologist noticed the first signs of anal cancer during an annual checkup. Symptoms can include itching, bleeding and pain when going to the bathroom, or feeling like you have a lump inside of your anus. Changes in bowel habits, like diarrhea and constipation, or any abnormal discharge from the rectum could also be a warning signs, so speak with a doctor if experiencing any of them. Cross revealed her cancer diagnosis to the public last fall in a series of personal Instagram posts, including a headshot where her signature long, red locks were gone, having fallen out during her chemo treatment. So grateful and happy to be alive but sad that my hair fell out and is about 1 inch long now and looks cra cra. Anyone else have hairloss due to cancer?
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Anal cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in or around the anus or anal canal, the short passage through which bowel movements pass. The most common type of cancer found in this location is believed to be related to a type of viral infection linked to causing other types of cancers as well. Anal cancers are usually treated with radiation and chemotherapy, but surgery alone may be useful for very small or early anal cancers or when other therapy is not an option or unsuccessful in treating the anal cancer. Assessment for cancer spread and close follow up are necessary when treating anal cancer. This summary is intended for anyone wishing to learn more about anal cancer.
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Muscles anal sphincters that surround the anal canal relax to allow waste to leave your body. Anal cancer is an uncommon type of cancer that occurs in the anal canal. The anal canal is a short tube at the end of your rectum through which stool leaves your body. Most people with anal cancer are treated with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. Though combining anal cancer treatments increases the chance of a cure, the combined treatments also increase the risk of side effects.
The diagnosis was a shock. Crowther, a year-old mother of three from New York City, had had no symptoms and was feeling just fine. It felt like a bolt from the blue.