Anal cancerOverview


Anal cancer is a type of cancer that affects your bottom (anus).


Symptoms of anal cancer include bleeding, itching and pain in your bottom (anus).


The main treatments for anal cancer are chemoradiation (a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy) and surgery.


The exact cause of anal cancer is unknown. The risk of getting it increases as you get older, with half of all cases affecting people aged 65 or over.

Page last reviewed: 09/08/2018
Next review due: 09/08/2021