Anal cancer rates have surged in the past 15 years, and the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) may be to blame, a new study suggests.
“What was very shocking to us was that the rate and incidence of anal cancer has increased very fast,” said lead researcher Ashish Deshmukh. He’s an assistant professor in the department of health services research, management and policy at UTHealth School of Public Health, in Houston.
Overall, anal cancer rates and deaths are increasing nearly 3 percent per year, making it one of the fastest-rising cancers, he added.
Some groups are being hit harder than others. More