Gay and bisexual men are high risk groups for developing anal cancer.
They are 17 times more likely to develop it as compared to their heterosexual counterparts. According to a Gay.com report, there is an annual rate of 35 cases of anal cancer per 100,000 and this doubles for people living with HIV. Gay and bisexual HIV positive men should have an anal pap smear at least once a year and HIV negative men should receive one every other year.
Signs and Symptoms of Anal Cancer:
- Sometimes there are no signs or symptoms.
- Anal bleeding, pain, itching, or discharge.
- Swollen lymph nodes in the anal or groin area.
- Changes in bowel habits or the shape of your stool.
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