How can you prevent anal cancer?

There is no completely effective way to make sure you do not get anal cancer, but you can help protect yourself by reducing some risk factors.

  • Do not smoke. If you do smoke, stop.
  • Practice safe sex, especially making sure to use condoms if you engage in anal sex.
  • Get the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine if you are in the group eligible to get it.

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