Anal cancer is not often talked about. But researchers are seeing an increase in rates of this cancer, which is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). And some of the greatest increases are here in South Carolina.
Ashish Deshmukh, Ph.D., has been tracking anal cancer. He says that anal cancer rates in women in South Carolina have doubled and the death rate for men in this state has tripled.
"For now, HPV vaccination really is the best available measure to prevent six cancers, including cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal and throat cancer," he says.