Anal Cancer

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What Is Anal Cancer? TOPICS

What are the key statistics about anal cancer?

Anal cancer is fairly rare -- much less common than cancer of the colon or rectum. The American Cancer Society estimates for anal cancer in the United States for 2013 are:

  • About 7,060 new cases (4,430 in women and 2,630 in men)
  • About 880 deaths (550 in women and 330 in men)

The number of new anal cancer cases has been on the rise for many years. Anal cancer is found mainly in adults, with the average age being in the early 60s. The disease affects women somewhat more often than men.

Treatment for anal cancer is often very effective, and most patients with this cancer can be cured. But anal cancer can be a serious condition.

Last Medical Review: 01/02/2013
Last Revised: 01/02/2013