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Anoscopy for anal cancer

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.

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.