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Tests for Anal Cancer
Anoscopy: Overview, Preparation, and Results
Anal cancer is a cancer that begins in the anus , the opening at the end of the gastrointestinal tract through which stool, or solid waste, leaves the body. The anus begins at the bottom of the rectum , which is the last part of the large intestine also called the colon. Anal cancer usually affects adults over age 60 and women more often than men. It is estimated that more than 8, people in the U. This number has increased for many years.
Skip to Content. Endoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to view the inside of a person's body. Originally, endoscopy was only used in the esophagus, stomach, and colon. Now, doctors use endoscopy to diagnose diseases of the ear, nose, throat, heart, urinary tract, joints, and abdomen. Most endoscopes are thin tubes with a powerful light and tiny camera at the end.
An anoscopy is a simple medical procedure that can help your doctor identify an abnormality in your gastrointestinal tract, notable in your anus and rectum. To perform an anoscopy, your doctor will insert a device called an anoscope into your anus. This scope is typically made of plastic disposable or stainless steel sterilizable. An anoscope allows your doctor to get a detailed look at the tissue within your anal-rectal areas. An anoscopy can identify several conditions and diseases that can affect the lower part of your intestines.