Aug 23, 2013 - 11:05 pm
Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum and I have a few question I'd to ask to you about anal cancer
I've been experiencing change in my bowels habits for quite some time now and I've had blood in my stool on several occasions. (a test performed by a doctor also revealed that I had blood in my stool sometimes even when I couldn't see it on the toilet paper)
I've also experience recently an increasing pain in my right lower quadrant of the abdomen. I have explained those issues to a doctor, and a colonoscopy as well as a CT scan were performed and both came back normal (Good news), so they attributed my symptoms to irritable bowel syndrom. I personally found that strange because it doesn't really explain the blood, but since the tests came back normal I stopped worrying about it. Until recently when I read that anal cancer is often missed during colonoscopy and that anoscopy is the appropriate test to make proper diagnosis.
Because the pain in right lower quadrant is still there most of the time I decided to self examine my anus with my fingers. And now, I'm starting to be really scared because I clearly felt a distinct lump in my anus region.
I was able to take a photo where the lump is clearly visible. Now I'm thinking maybe this could be just an hemoroid or something like that and I try not to worry to much about it. That being said when I touch it, I feel my right lower quadrant pain is slightly increasing.
Here is the picture where the lump is clearly identifiable.
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=dzc9p3&s=5 (This is an explicit photo, don't click on that link if you don't want to see it)
Now my question would be this: do you think this could be anal cancer or is it just an hemorroid ? Should I go the hospital and show them that photo ?
Thanks in advance for your answers and for taking on your time to read my post. I'm trying not think to much about it, but I have a hard time getting it out of my mind right now.
Also I want to give my support to all of you who have been diagnosed with that terrible disease that is cancer, and I hope that you will manage to fight it. Never give up.
PS: Please forgive the english mistakes I may have made, this is not my first language and I'm still learning it so it's not perfect yet.