Anal Cancer Prevention

At the NCI-designated Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center, we’re focused on preventing cancer from ever starting by catching it as early as possible, when treatment is easiest and most effective.

Anal cancer prevention is the goal of our world-renowned gastrointestinal oncology team. We are one of only a few hospitals to offer a highly specialized screening called high-resolution anoscopy to check for pre-cancerous lesions. If found, these lesions can be removed to prevent cancer from forming.

There are many things you can do to lower your chances of developing anal cancer. You can start by getting the HPV vaccine, which protects against infection that increases the risk of cancer. Additionally, quitting smoking lowers your risk of developing anal cancer. You can also understand your family health history, choose healthy nutrition and add exercise to your daily routine. It’s important to identify cancer in its earliest stage and getting a cancer screening can help.

For more than 50 years, Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center has been a leader in the research, diagnosis and treatment of over 200 types of cancer. Our cancer center was a key participant and one of the highest enrolling sites in the ANCHOR (Anal Cancer/HSIL Outcomes Research) study—a national, Phase 3 clinical trial funded by the National Cancer Institute. The study found that the incidence of anal cancer can be significantly reduced by treating precursor lesions.

Turn to us for expert cancer screening and prevention.

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As an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center supports the mission and guidelines of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The following information about types of cancer, prevention and treatments is provided by the NCI.