Hemorrhoids vs Anus Cancer – How To Tell The Difference

Have you recently notice any type of odd discomfort around your rectal region that is really bothering you and causing concern? There are many reasons why this can occur. It can be anything mild like an allergic reaction to a new detergent, to more serious causes like inflamed hemorrhoids or even in rare cases rectal cancer.

questionIf you are experiencing any severe symptoms like harsh pain, itchiness, red rash or even bleeding, it is very important that you arrange a doctor appointment as soon as possible to diagnose your particular case. As you know, the sooner you find out what the root of the problem is, the sooner you can begin the right treatment if necessary.

Most of the anal discomfort is commonly related to hemorrhoids, but in rare cases it can mean rectal cancer. They are two totally different health conditions, but the symptoms are often very similar and it is very hard to tell the difference without a properly carried out diagnosis.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are basically veins around our anus that got irritated and inflamed in the process. This usually happens because of the type of lifestyle that we live. It can especially affect elder people as their muscles are weakened and are not capable of holding the tissue in place. Also, another group of people that is often affected by piles are the ones who spend a lot of time sat down on a daily basis.

This can cause problems with our blood circulation around our rectal region, putting a lot of stress on the veins that eventually end up swelling up and pushing through the muscle tissue. This is especially the case if you are dealing with external hemorrhoid that is visible.

 hemorrhoids example

Warning Signs

  • Painful lumps around the anus that are often sensitive to touch
  • A lot of discomfort or even pain on a daily basis
  • Irritation and itchiness
  • Swollen red skin that looks like a rash
  • Feeling like your bowels are full, even right after using the toilet


What is anal cancer?

Colon cancer is basically a polyp that grows and expands anywhere around the rectal region, both on the inside and on the outside. It is often accompanied with a lot of discomfort, pain, and bleeding while passing the stool.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, especially the bleeding, it is very important that you get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible, no matter how old you are. Even though this condition mainly affects elder people over 50 years old, it can still affect any other age group.

hemorrhoids or rectal cancer

Warning Signs

  • Regular Constipation
  • Excess Gas
  • Abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Change in the shape and type of stool
  • Blood in the stool and on toilet tissue (very bright to a very dark color)
  • Sudden change in bowel habits

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