Anal Cancer numbers are increasing globally, yet anal cancer is still one of the least talked about and most stigmatized of all cancers. By creating an Anal Cancer Awareness Day and having that day within March, we hope to increase awareness, lessen stigma and get more people to talk to their doctors about their concerns!
Anal cancer begins when healthy cells in or on the anus change and grow out of control, forming a mass called a tumor. A tumor can be cancerous or benign. A cancerous tumor is malignant, meaning it can grow and spread to other parts of the body. A benign tumor means the tumor can grow but will not spread.
People with a rare cancer can find it frustrating that their disease is unknown, but it’s even harder when it is associated with stigma or embarrassment. Anal cancer can be stressful and isolating. Now, anal and colon cancer advocates are joining forces online to dedicate March 21st to anal cancer awareness.
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