The Lost Tribe

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An excellent read for the Christmas break. Here is a summary of the Review published by the mASCARA team:

Anal cancer rates are on the rise, especially for women. Women with a background of genital dysplasia or cancer have been shown to be at a higher risk of anal cancer than the general population. Despite this, very little has been done to educate women of the increased risk and as a result women tend to present later with advanced disease. As anal cancer has a known precancerous precursor, there is potential for patients to receive preventative treatment prior to anal cancer development. Although, due to the rarity of the disease, there are currently no clinical guidelines for the prevention of anal cancer in women. There are likely to be missed opportunities in preventing anal cancer progression from treatable dysplastic precursor lesions. This review presents the current evidence supporting the screening, treatment, and surveillance of anal precancerous lesions in women with genital dysplasia or cancer.