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Anoscopy for anal cancer

What is an anoscopy?

An anoscopy is performed if your doctor finds any abnormalities during a digital rectum exam (DRE). As an endoscopic test, an anoscopy allows your doctor to see the abnormalities using a thin, lighted, flexible tube called an anoscope. The anoscope is lubricated before being placed a few inches into the rectum. You may feel some discomfort during the procedure. If needed, your doctor would take a sample for a biopsy.

Anoscopy for anal cancer

An anoscopy gives your doctor the ability to view the anus, anal canal and lower rectum, making it an important tool for diagnosing anal cancer. A sample of any lumps, polyps or other abnormalities found during a DRE would be taken for biopsy during an anoscopy.

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