Understanding anal cancer

Find out more about the anus and different types of anal cancer.

  • What is cancer?

    There are more than 200 different kinds of cancer, each with its own name and treatment.

  • The anus

    The anus is the opening at the end of the large bowel. Stools pass through the anus when leaving the body.

  • The lymphatic system

    The lymphatic system helps to protect us from infection and includes lymph nodes (glands). There are lymph nodes near the anus.

  • Types of anal cancer

    There are different types of anal cancer. The most common type of anal cancer is squamous cell carcinoma.

  • Signs and symptoms of anal cancer

    If you notice any unusual signs or symptoms in the anal area, tell your GP.

Living with anal cancer

Tania talks about her experience of living with anal cancer, how she felt after diagnosis and the difficulty she had finding other people who have had rare cancers.

About our cancer information videos

Living with anal cancer

Tania talks about her experience of living with anal cancer, how she felt after diagnosis and the difficulty she had finding other people who have had rare cancers.

About our cancer information videos