On behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, Tania talks about her experience of living with anal cancer, which is a rarer form of cancer. Tania talks about how she felt after being diagnosed, the difficulty she had finding other people who's been through the same thing, and her idea to start a blog about her journey.

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Dr. Garvie discusses the symptoms associated with anal cancer. For more on cancer visit


Nearly two years ago, Michele Longabaugh was told she had anal cancer. Yet, she says, she had none of the risk factors. This is part one of a two-part series focusing on anal cancer and how one woman lives life four months at a time and copes with the stigma that comes with it. The four months is the length between her CT scans that will tell her if her cancer has returned. Michele agreed to do the story and has created an incredible and intimate blog that details her struggle with anal cancer. The blog address is:
When you access it, go to the archives and start at the beginning. It was and is Michele's way of coping with a disease that no one wants to talk about. Two parts to this story...this is part one. By the is her intimate blog that details all her feelings:


In part one of our series, we followed Kansan Michele Longabaugh as she fought a diagnosis of Anal Cancer. We heard her story, watched her receive a CT scan to determine if the cancer has returned. In this part, we find out the results. Anal cancer has a stigma to it, because of where it is, and because it is many times it is a sexually transmitted disease. However, Michele had none of the risk factors. In this part, she reveals a portion of her on-line blog that she wrote in intimate detail.


Dr. Garvie discusses the symptoms associated with anal cancer. For more on cancer visit