Cancers and other diseases can cause symptoms. These are changes in your body that you notice. Anal cancer often causes changes in the way your bowel works.
Not all changes in bowel habits are caused by cancer, but it is important to let your doctor know about any symptoms you have.
What you need to know
Anal cancer symptoms
It is important to be aware of what is normal for you. If you notice any changes speak to your doctor.
Symptoms that may be caused by anal cancer include:
- blood or mucus in your bowel motions (poo, faeces or stool)
- discomfort, pain or itching around the anal area
- a lump or swelling near the anus
- a feeling of pressure in the anus
- ulcers around the anus
- a change in bowel habits e.g. constipation or diarrhoea
- pelvic pain
- a lump or lumps in the groin.
Don't be embarrassed to ask. Cancers that are found early can be easier to treat.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have symptoms that you are worried about, even if they seem minor, you should go to see a GP. Don't be embarrassed to bring up your concerns.