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Anal Cancer

MORTEN FRISCH and MADS MELBYE

in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

Third edition

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195149616
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865062 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149616.003.0043
Anal Cancer

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Variants of invasive squamous carcinoma of the anal canal and perianal skin, referred to collectively as anal cancers, are rare malignancies constituting approximately 2% of all intestinal cancers. of a crude estimate of 35,000–40,000 new anal cancers worldwide, approximately 3,300 cases are diagnosed in the United States each year. This chapter reviews the epidemiology of anal cancer. Topics covered include classification, demographic patterns, lifestyle and environmental factors, host factors, pathogenesis, and preventive measures.

Keywords: anal canal; perianal skin; squamous cell carcinoma; cancer risk; cancer epidemiology; cancer prevention

Chapter.  12198 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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