Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is dedicated to support you on your health care journey. If you have an increased risk for anal cancer, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your concerns and options. Your health and wellbeing are always our top priority.
Anal cancer is most common in adults over 60. Only 20% of all cases are in younger people. There is no direct cause for anal cancer, but there are many factors which increase your likelihood of developing this disease. These include:
Since there is no direct cause for anal cancer, there is also no single thing you can do to prevent it. You can, however, significantly reduce your risk. Taking steps to reduce the impact of anal cancer’s risk factors is your greatest step toward prevention. One of the most impactful things you can do is avoid HPV infection. Some of the ways you can lessen your chances of getting HPV include: