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Thanks for your question.
I understand your concern.
Since this lump is present for 5 years without much growth or any other symptoms, this is unlikely cancerous.
Still there is low risk of becoming cancerous in future if not removed soon.
Hence, a second opinion from a surgeon is welcome but it is good idea to consider its removal.
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thanks for your reply. it is comforting. just to add around the lump i have 3 or 4 warts also. i also read on the net that this could be a lipoma. i also read that subcutenous lumps are not malignant/ cancerous. i'll be seeing the other surgeon on monday.
the surgeon who saw me first did check (stuck a finger inside my anus) and said it was clear - nothing abnormal. would that be a way of checking any rectal symptoms?
do i need to be worried about the warts? can they be removed when the lump is removed so that it is all clear 'down there' ?
can this all recur after surgery?
how long would the surgery be? and the recovery time?