Farrah Fawcett Dies From Anal Cancer
Actress Farrah Fawcett, 62, was diagnosed with anal cancer almost three years ago in September 2006. She died today at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., of anal cancer.
Former “Charlie’s Angel” Fawcett declared herself cancer-free four months after her initial diagnosis. The cancer was reported to return in May 2007. She then traveled to Germany for alternative treatment and documented her experiences.
Anal cancer is a disease in which malignant cancer cells form in the tissues of the anus. The anus is formed partly from the outer skin layers and partly from the intestine. The anal canal, the part of the anus between the rectum and the anal opening, is about 1½ inches long. Anal cancer is mainly a local-regional cancer. About 5,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with anal cancer each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. It metastasizes (spreads to other body tissue) in approximately 15% of patients.
Individuals with anal cancer may present with symptoms of bleeding from the anus, pain or pressure in the area, itching or discharge from the anus, or a lump near the anus.
Risk factors of Anal Cancer include: