Gay and bisexual men are 17 times more likely to develop anal cancer than heterosexual men.

By on Thursday, February 19th, 2009
  • About 1% of sexually active men in the U.S. have genital warts at any one time.
  • Penile cancer is rare, especially in circumcised men. In the U.S., it affects about 1 in every 100,000 men.  The Ceters for Disease Control estimates that less than two thousand men in the United States are diagnosed with penile cancer, every year.
  • Anal cancer is also uncommon—especially in men with healthy immune systems. Also, about 2,000 American men are diagnosed with anal cancer.  BUT, it seems that the overwhelming majority of Anal Cancer survivors are gay or bisexual men.

Some men are more likely to develop HPV-related diseases than others:

  • Gay and bisexual men are 17 times more likely to develop anal cancer than heterosexual men.
  • Men with weak immune systems, including those who have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are more likely than other men to develop anal cancer. Men with HIV are also more likely to get severe cases of genital warts that are hard to treat.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Among men who do develop health problems, these are some of the signs to look for:

Signs of genital warts:

  • One or more growths on the penis, testicles, groin, thighs, or anus.
  • Warts may be raised, flat, or cauliflower-shaped. They usually do not hurt.
  • Warts may appear within weeks or months after sexual contact with an infected person.

Signs and symptoms of anal cancer:

  • Sometimes there are no signs or symptoms.
  • Anal bleeding, pain, itching, or discharge.
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the anal or groin area.
  • Changes in bowel habits or the shape of your stool.

Signs of penile cancer:

  • First signs: changes in color, skin thickening, or a build-up of tissue on the penis.
  • Later signs: a growth or sore on the penis. It is usually painless, but in some cases, the sore may be painful and bleed.
  • There may be no symptoms until the cancer is quite advanced.
  • SO, see your doctor or visit your health clinic with any questions that you may have.   http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv-and-men.htm


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