About types of anal cancer

There are different types of anal cancer. Knowing the type you have helps your doctor plan your individual treatment.

Squamous cell carcinoma

9 out of 10 anal cancers (90%) develop in the squamous cells. The squamous cells make up the lining in the anal canal.

There are a few different types of squamous cell carcinoma, but they are all treated in the same way.

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