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What are the risk factors for anorectal cancer?

Individuals infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) and anal or genital warts are at an increased risk of developing anal cancer. Chronic suppression of the immune system from infection of HIV/AIDS or the use of transplantation drugs such as cyclosporine for kidney transplant; anal intercourse or multiple sex partners also increase the risk. Tobacco use is a strong risk factor for anal cancer, as is being over age 50. Frequent anal soreness, redness, and inflammation, or having anal fissures increases the risk as well.

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