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What Are the Key Statistics About Anal Cancer?

Anal cancer is fairly rare -- much less common than cancer of the colon or rectum. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2008 about 5,070 new cases of anal cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. The number of new anal cancer cases has been on the rise for many years.

Anal cancer is found mainly in adults, with the average age being in the early 60s. The disease affects women somewhat more often than men. Of the 5,070 new cases, 3,050 will occur in women and 2,020 in men. Women are more likely to have cancers inside the anus (the anal canal), while anal tumors in men tend to develop on the outside of the anus.

Treatment for anal cancer is often very effective, and most patients with this cancer can be cured. But anal cancer can be a serious condition. An estimated 680 people (430 women and 250 men) will die of anal cancer in 2008.

Last Revised: 04/25/2007

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