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The Next Gay Plague: Anal Cancer
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In the general population, anal cancer is a rare disease. Few people knew about it before Farrah Fawcett made public her struggle with the illness. Among men who have sex with men MSM , the incidence of anal cancer is significantly more prevalent and increasing annually 1. Health care professionals, too, remain divided on how and whether to screen for it. In fact, a standardized screening protocol for anal cancer does not yet exist.
Cancer Facts for Gay and Bisexual Men
Anal cancer in gay men or men having sex with men MSM has the appearance of being the next major health crisis within the gay community. This disease has been discussed for years within the medical community of the USA but up to this point has received very little press in either the queer or popular press. The reason for this is that the anus and the cervix are composed of similar tissues. It has been known for decades that the predominate cause of cervical cancer is HPV. The cause of anal cancer, which is primarily also HPV, has only recently been discovered in approximately the last decade.
The most common cancers in men are skin, prostate, lung, colorectal. Anal and testicular cancers are also found in men. Knowing about these cancers and what you can do to help reduce your risk for cancer or finding it early may help save your life or the life of someone you love.