If cancer is suspected, a biopsy should be done and the specimen examined by a pathologist.Staging workup may include an abdominal and pelvic CT scan, a pelvic MRI scan to assess the pelvic lymph nodes, a chest x-ray, and liver function studies. However, after age 50, anal cancer is slightly more common in women.The incidence rate of anal cancer is six times higher in single men as compared to married men.Immunocompromised patients, such as those with HIV disease, are prone to get anal cancer.In this subgroup, the prognosis is worse, than for non-immunocompromised patients.The district attorney wouldn't bring charges against the arrested men, saying the law was unenforceable. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, to file the bill that would repeal Louisiana's anti-sodomy law, saying it would make the system fairer and more efficient."We don't need inefficient laws on the books," she said.Her fellow representatives, however, disagreed and voted 66-27 on April 15 to keep the law in place.
Anal infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) resulting in genital warts is a major risk factor for the cancer.Gene Mills, president of the conservative Louisiana Family Forum, said he was not surprised the bill failed considering the state's culture."It's not a Louisiana value," he said of the repeal.Others argue Louisiana lawmakers are going against public opinion and sending out a message that gay people are unwelcome in the state."It just shows how out of touch Louisiana representatives are," said Patrick Paschall, senior policy counsel for public policy and government affairs at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.When it is found early, anal cancer is highly treatable.The overall five-year survival rate following diagnosis of anal cancer is 60% for men and 71% for women.