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    Question Small Hard mass near anal opening

    Hello new member here . About three weeks ago I noticed a small hard mass right on the opening of my anus . It has a white dome on it and is about the size of a pea. I get only some itching and no pain at all when I touch and manipulate it . Also no blood when wiping or during bowel movements.I do have IBS sometimes from Gilbert's Syndrome but this only causes irritation around anus that I treat with over the counter creams . I went to my GP today and he referred me to a surgeon specialist. He performed a digital probe and said " I am concerned because it is hard " He ruled out hemorrhoids and we also discussed HPV warts. I told him as far as I know I don't have HPV and have not experienced any outbreaks on my genitals. I am 45 , Male ex smoker ( 4 years) and do not drink alcohol ( 9+ years) . my diet is typical American with red meat i must confess . I have done a search of this forum and have not come across a similar situation and I'm just wondering if anyone experienced something similar to this . I can't get to the specialist for a couple of weeks so naturally I am worried . Any help would be greatly appreciated and of course thanks in advance for taking time to read my story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjn2012 View Post
    Hello new member here . About three weeks ago I noticed a small hard mass right on the opening of my anus . It has a white dome on it and is about the size of a pea. I get only some itching and no pain at all when I touch and manipulate it . Also no blood when wiping or during bowel movements.I do have IBS sometimes from Gilbert's Syndrome but this only causes irritation around anus that I treat with over the counter creams . I went to my GP today and he referred me to a surgeon specialist. He performed a digital probe and said " I am concerned because it is hard " He ruled out hemorrhoids and we also discussed HPV warts. I told him as far as I know I don't have HPV and have not experienced any outbreaks on my genitals. I am 45 , Male ex smoker ( 4 years) and do not drink alcohol ( 9+ years) . my diet is typical American with red meat i must confess . I have done a search of this forum and have not come across a similar situation and I'm just wondering if anyone experienced something similar to this . I can't get to the specialist for a couple of weeks so naturally I am worried . Any help would be greatly appreciated and of course thanks in advance for taking time to read my story.
    There are 3 rules in my sig, its time to pay special heed to rule 1 These things can take a time to track down and quite frankly that time can seem like purgatory. I hope that you have no reason to stay here.

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    Pjn,
    Sorry I can't add anything meaningful as it's new to me. So whatever I'd just be guessing which I and none on here will do.
    Good thing is you noticed the problem and have gone to your GP, I asume the digital was the gloved finger, standard practice.
    It could be something to worry about or nothing significant, bit only tests will tell.
    Of course you are worried it's only natural and believe me we have all been through the same torment, as the waiting game is by far the worst time we all have experienced.
    Chemoman 3 rules are great to follow, he and many, many members on here have helped me through the stress and anxieties over the last months.
    I know it's easy to say, but damn difficult to do, but only worry when you are given a valid reason to worry, right now your GP is concerned, that's it, what you have is not normal, but, as I said it may be something sinister or could be a small easily corrected problem.
    The best way I found was to get on with my life and get involved in normal day to day activities.
    Knowing what I had didn't stop me going skiing and doing a minimum 30 miles a day.
    I hope that you don't have a reason to become a member on here as the best news we could all hear from you is that it's nothing to worry about.
    Thoughts are with you for a good outcome.
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    Aorta & femoral arteries occluded.
    Clot buster drugs put me in ICU with internal bleeding. 9 blood units later they got it under control.
    Aortobifemoral surgery 5th May. yughh.
    PET scan indicates clear
    DEXA bone scan clear
    13/5 CT showed "unknown" but no concern from docs.
    Inguinal lymph nodes and severe groin pain.
    Ultrasound and MRI show no nasties. Pheww
    Groin pain and enlarged lymph nodes still there.
    Stop grumbling Baz, your alive and kicking and too much to do in my life.
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    Yes thanks for both of your answers.I searched the forum and contemplated making a post . My GP did seem concerned but I guess I did blow it out of proportion a little in my mind. This was partly due to the speed of situation and the fact that I have no health insurance.I thank you again Chemoman and Baz10 and will heed your advice .

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    Pjn,
    All doctors will cover themselves on a ust in case basis, however it is completely normal to elevate the docs concern to a new level in ones mind.
    Immediately I'm sure we all think the worst and this is the most difficult scenario to deal with trying to keep things in perspective.
    Good thing is that you are on the diagnosis path and believe me the waiting period is a an anxious time for everyone.
    Again best wishes and please keep us updated
    Whatever we are all here for you.
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    Diagnosed stage 3 March 011
    Radical resection April 011
    Restaged 2b April 011.
    12/09 Colonoscopy clear but picked up hospital infection.
    Aorta & femoral arteries occluded.
    Clot buster drugs put me in ICU with internal bleeding. 9 blood units later they got it under control.
    Aortobifemoral surgery 5th May. yughh.
    PET scan indicates clear
    DEXA bone scan clear
    13/5 CT showed "unknown" but no concern from docs.
    Inguinal lymph nodes and severe groin pain.
    Ultrasound and MRI show no nasties. Pheww
    Groin pain and enlarged lymph nodes still there.
    Stop grumbling Baz, your alive and kicking and too much to do in my life.
    Motto
    Do what I enjoy doing, when I want until I can't.

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    Well I seen the specialist today. it is a HPV wart . He said removal should take care of it and I should not need any other therapy.He said about 5% of these warts biopsied turn out to be cancerous . What concerns me is that this condition does put me at risk for anal cancer . I asked him about Farrah Fawcett's case since hers was the first I even heard about anal cancer and he responded that she didn't do exactly what she needed and could of survived. I am glad I decided to get this checked out no matter how embarrassed I was about it at the time.I want to thank everyone who responded to this post your insights helped me through the waiting period . I want to also wish everyone here on the forum good luck and prayers .

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    Wow...great news! At least you will know to keep an eye on things and have regular checkups going forward.

    I am interested to know what Doc thinks Farrah didn't do ......did he say?
    I seem to remember she went to Europe after she ran out of options here in the US...to get further treatment. So sad..

    Anyway - I am happy you got this taken care of promptly.
    Cheers and happy dance!
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    Pjn,
    Good news.
    Remember there is no reason to suspect that you are one of the 5%, at least you were proactive and got on with the diagnosis and now know what has to be done.
    Unfortunately many as my doc said put off making doctors visits and what initially could be a small problem then turns out to be major. So I reminded him that it was 10 months from me first going to him making a referral, this seemed to make him consider and he looked at me and apologized.
    Glad that you don't need to become a full member of this club.
    Please kep us posted on how you are getting on
    Barry
    Diagnosed stage 3 March 011
    Radical resection April 011
    Restaged 2b April 011.
    12/09 Colonoscopy clear but picked up hospital infection.
    Aorta & femoral arteries occluded.
    Clot buster drugs put me in ICU with internal bleeding. 9 blood units later they got it under control.
    Aortobifemoral surgery 5th May. yughh.
    PET scan indicates clear
    DEXA bone scan clear
    13/5 CT showed "unknown" but no concern from docs.
    Inguinal lymph nodes and severe groin pain.
    Ultrasound and MRI show no nasties. Pheww
    Groin pain and enlarged lymph nodes still there.
    Stop grumbling Baz, your alive and kicking and too much to do in my life.
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    Do what I enjoy doing, when I want until I can't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjn2012 View Post
    Well I seen the specialist today. it is a HPV wart . He said removal should take care of it and I should not need any other therapy.He said about 5% of these warts biopsied turn out to be cancerous . What concerns me is that this condition does put me at risk for anal cancer . I asked him about Farrah Fawcett's case since hers was the first I even heard about anal cancer and he responded that she didn't do exactly what she needed and could of survived. I am glad I decided to get this checked out no matter how embarrassed I was about it at the time.I want to thank everyone who responded to this post your insights helped me through the waiting period . I want to also wish everyone here on the forum good luck and prayers .
    Hi
    Don't worry about the risk. HPV is evident in roughly 80% of the population and that proves that even though it has been identified as a risk factor it is not a big one. You have to take these things with a pinch of salt Take care of your health, don't drink to excess or smoke, eat well with lots of fibre, get plenty of sleep and chances are you will get to 90

    I am so happy you have no reason to stay here....now go out and enjoy your life

    Cheers
    Age 57
    Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma
    Stage 2a
    Finished six cycles of R chop 21 26th May 2008
    Officially in remission 9th July 2008
    Remission reconfirmed 1st October 2008
    Remission reconfirmed 17th June 2009
    Remission reconfirmed 7th June 2010
    Remission reconfirmed 6th July 2011
    NED on the 2/01/2013
    No more scheduled visits to the Prof
    http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=9620

    RULE NUMBER 1.....Don't Panic
    RULE NUMBER 2..... Don't forget rule Number 1

    Great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

    I may not have gone where I intended to go,
    but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

 
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