New study reveals a rise in anal cancer rates and deaths

The Papilloma virus was the cause of the majority of cases. Photo by: BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

(Claudia Harmata/ People) — A new study has found that anal cancer is on the rise in the United States.

On Tuesday the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published research indicating a dramatic increase in anal cancer rates and mortality across the United States, particularly among young black men and the elderly.

“Our findings of the dramatic rise in incidence among black millennials and white women, rising rates of distant-stage disease, and increases in anal cancer mortality rates are very concerning,” Ashish A. Deshmukh, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor at UTHealth School of Public Health, told CNN.

A majority of the cases observed by researchers were caused by the human papillomavirus

Researchers examined trends in anal cancer cases between 2001 and 2016, and found that incidence of squamous cell carcinoma of the anus (SCCA) — the most common form of anal cancer, according to Cancer.net — has increased by 2.7 percent each year, while the death rate from the disease rose by 3.1 percent each year. (…)

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