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Getting diagnosed

Your GP will ask you about your symptoms including what they are, when you get them and whether anything you do makes them better or worse.

They will decide about whether to refer you for tests or to a specialist. If you have a cancer you will have more tests to find out how big it is and whether it has spread: this is called staging.

Seeing your GP

Find out what happens when you see your GP and how to get the most out of your appointment.

Referral to a specialist

Find out when GPs refer people to see an anal cancer specialist. And get some suggestions for questions that you can ask your doctor.

Tests to diagnose anal cancer

Find out about the tests used to diagnose anal cancer.

Tests to stage anal cancer

The stage of a cancer means how big it is and whether it has spread. To find out the stage of your cancer you might need one or more tests.

Screening for anal cancer

Find out why there is no screening programme for anal cancer.

Last reviewed: 
17 May 2016

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