With the recent death of Farrah Fawcett, anal cancer has become an unlikely and uncomfortable topic of conversation across America. By knowing some basic facts, people will be armed with knowledge and better equipped to be an advocate for taking steps to reduce their own cancer risk. Anal cancer is an uncommon type of cancer that occurs in the anal canal. Anal cancer is relatively rare, with 5, cases 2, occurring in men and 3, in women diagnosed and about deaths in the United States each year. Yet, statistics aside, there are still some things unknown, such as how to improve treatments. What is known is that anal cancer is strongly linked to the human papillomavirus HPV , the same virus that is also linked to cervical cancer and oral cancer.
What Farrah Fawcett can teach us about anal cancer
What are the symptoms of anal cancer? Farrah Fawcett put disease in spotlight
Actress Farrah Fawcett lost her battle with anal cancer today at the age of She was first diagnosed in Anal cancer is one of those cancers no one likes to talk about because it's, well, anal cancer. But we really should discuss it as much as, say, cervical cancer.
Farrah Fawcett’s Death Sheds Light on Anal Cancer
Fawcett, who lived her life in the spotlight, gained renown as the face of cancer as she provided a highly publicized account of her three-year journey. In September , Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer, a rare form of the disease which affects only around 8, Americans each year. Following her diagnosis, Fawcett began an aggressive course of radiation treatment and chemotherapy , both standard treatments for anal cancer. She issued this statement soon after her diagnosis stating that she was "determined to bite the bullet and fight the fight" while going undergoing six weeks of "cutting-edge, state-of-the-art" treatment. After completion, the actress was reportedly in good spirits and optimistic about her future.
This story was first published on April 9, Farrah Fawcett lost her battle with anal cancer June 25, Learning the type of cancer she had made some squeamish. Former "Charlie's Angels" actress Farrah Fawcett, 62, was hospitalized this week. She received a diagnosis of anal cancer in