Farrah Fawcett Leaves The Hospital; What Is Anal Cancer, Anyway?

Farrah Fawcett left a Los Angeles hospital today after being there over a week. She suffered from stomach bleeding resulting from the anal cancer treatment she received in Germany. [People] XOX to FF. We hope you’re feeling better! But we gotta admit, we hd a Big Q: What exactly is “anal cancer?” This cancer attacks the anus—the opening at the end of the digestive tract—and mostly effects people over 60. (We have awesome things to look forward to.) You know you’re in trouble when you have bright red rectal bleeding, uncontrollable itching, and fatigue. Women may get lower back pain if the tumor pressures the vagina. While no one knows the cause of the disease, HPV exposure and smoking highly increase your chances of getting it. So take it easy on the unprotected anal sex and the smoking you do after. [Medline Plus]