Drexel Medicine's Anal Health Center is one of the first centers in the area to provide comprehensive, full-service care for the treatment of anal dysplasia and anal cancer. The center offers the latest state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to detect and treat anal dysplasia and anal cancer. Additionally, we have a professional and inclusive medical care team who are compassionate and will respect and protect your privacy.
Directors Dr. Poggio and Dr. Stein work in close collaboration with infectious disease and family medicine practitioners throughout the Philadelphia region. They also work with gynecologists who screen and treat cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer.
Make an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with the Drexel Anal Dysplasia and Cancer Center please call 215.762.3374.
What Is Anal Dysplasia?
Anal dysplasia is a pre-cancerous condition associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Symptoms may include:
- Anal lesions
- Bleeding from the anus
- Pressure or pain in the anus
- A mass at the opening of the anus
- A change in bowel movement patterns
- Discharge of mucus from the anus
- Swollen glands in the anus or groin
You should make an appointment with the center if you have had an abnormal anal pap smear or are concerned that you may be at risk for anal dysplasia or anal cancer.
What Services Does the Anal Health Center Offer?
The Anal Health Center can screen, diagnose and provide treatment onsite. Dr. Poggio offers high resolution anoscopy (HRA), which is a quick and safe way to diagnose anal dysplasia. The center also offers counseling at any stage of the process to help patients understand and cope with the effects of dysplasia and HPV infection.
Anal Health Symposium
In 2018, Dr. Poggio, in collaboration with Philadelphia Fight, organized the First Anal Health Symposium in Philadelphia. The event was open to people at risk for anal dysplasia and to people living with HIV. The symposium was well-received and will be an annual event.
The Anal Health Center is currently conducting grant-funded research on anal dysplasia in collaboration with Drexel University's departments of Infectious Disease and Microbiology. See three recent publications:
"An Update on the Current Role of High Resolution Anoscopy in Patients With Anal Dysplasia"
Gudur A, Shanmuganandamurthy D, Szep Z, Poggio JL
Anticancer Res., 39(1):17-23, January 2019
"Racial Disparities and the Effect of County Level Income on the Incidence and Survival of Young Men with Anal Cancer"
Bojko MM, Kucejko RJ, Poggio JL
Health Equity, 2(1):193-198, August 1, 2018
"Condyloma Acuminatum, Anal Intraepithelial Neoplasia, and Anal Cancer in the Setting of HIV: Do We Really Understand the Risk?"
Fazendin EA, Crean AJ, Fazendin JM, Kucejko RJ, Gill HS, Poggio JL, Stein DE
Dis Colon Rectum., 60(10):1078-1082, October 2017
Anal Health Center Location
219 N. Broad Street
The Arnold T. Berman, MD Building, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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