Marcia Cross' anal cancer linked to husband's throat cancer

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Why "Desperate Housewives" star is so eager to talk about anal cancer

Doctors reportedly told Cross, 57, that the same type of HPV that triggered her husband's disease could cause cancer in the anus. She was diagnosed with anal cancer about a year-and-a-half ago.

"[My doctor] gave me an exam and she came around and said, 'Well, I just want you to know whatever it is, it's curable'". "You have cancer. Should you then also feel ashamed like you did something bad because it took up residence in your anus?"

She made a decision to speak openly about her experience so others will hopefully be less embarrassed about the disease and get a rectal exam, which is how she learned of her cancer. "What are you talking about?" she said on CBS This Morning.

'Even for me, it took a while, ' she said. "You just have to get used to it", she said.

Marcia Cross has always been open with her battle with anal cancer. But you can bear it'.

She added, "I kept saying if this doesn't kill me it's the best thing that could've ever happened because the experience of being loved like that?" In 2019, an estimated 8,300 people will be diagnosed with anal cancer. Reports say she's in remission now, and isn't interested in being quiet about it.

HPV can be passed between people through skin-to-skin contact as well as through sex and oral sex. Cross hopes that sharing her story will help others get up the nerve to talk with their clinicians about what may be embarrassing symptoms like rectal bleeding, a lump in the area of the anus, or a change in bowel habits.

In the U.S., the HPV vaccine is offered in two or three doses over the course of six months to girls who are between 11 and 12, with a catch-up series recommended no later than age 26.

"My girls don't know it, but they're up for their first shot at the end of the school year", Cross said on the program.

Cross has twin daughters, Eden and Savannah, 12, who will be receiving their first dose later this month or next month.

When asked how she is doing, Marcia commented: "I'm feeling back to normal though it's a new normal".

'I don't think I'll ever take it for granted.

Cross, who charmed audiences as perfectionist Bree Van de Kamp in Desperate Housewives, underwent six weeks of radiation therapy and two weeks of chemotherapy. It's great what my body can do!