640 South State StreetDover, Delaware 19901
21 West Clarke AvenueMilford, Delaware 19963
401 North Carter RoadSmyrna, DE 19977
640 S. State StreetDover DE 1990121 West Clarke AvenueMilford DE 19963
301 Jefferson AveMilford, DE 19963
1275 S. State StreetDover, Delaware 19901
Screening tests check for diseases in people who don’t have symptoms. There are recommended screening tests to check for anal cancer. For anal cancer, your doctor can check for early signs of cancer during your regular physical exams. It’s easier to treat anal cancer if it is found early. That’s what screening does.
One type of test is the digital rectal exam (DRE). During a DRE, the doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into your rectum. The doctor feels for hard or lumpy areas. This is not only to check for anal cancer, but also to check for prostate cancer in men and rectal cancer in both men and women.
Be sure you’re screened by a doctor regularly if you’re at high risk for anal cancer. You’re at high risk if you answer yes to any of these statements:
I have human papillomavirus (HPV) or genital warts.
I have had multiple sex partners.
I have unprotected anal intercourse.
I have a weakened immune system.
I am between the ages of 50 and 80.
I have had repeated inflammation in the anal region.
Your doctor may also recommend an anal Pap test, similar to the test women have for cervical cancer, in these cases:
Men who have sex with men
Women with a history of cervical cancer or vulvar cancer
Men or women who are HIV positive
All transplant patients
If abnormal cells are seen under a microscope, your doctor will refer you for a biopsy.
Bayhealth is Southern Delaware’s healthcare leader with hospitals in Dover and in Milford. Bayhealth provides a wide range of medical services, including cardiovascular, cancer, orthopaedics and rehabilitation, pediatrics, respiratory care, sleep care, surgical weight loss, women’s services and walk-in medical care. Search for nursing jobs, and health classes and events. Find doctors affiliated with Bayhealth Medical Center or a Delaware hospital near you.