Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross’ anal cancer linked to husband’s throat cancer
In September 2018, Marcia Cross, who played Bree Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives, revealed that she had been battling anal cancer and was in remission.
Now, the 57-year-old is speaking out about her diagnosis to try and end the shame surrounding anal cancer.
Speaking on CBS This Morning yesterday, Marcia said: “I was so not thinking anything was wrong because I didn’t have any symptoms, and she gave me an exam and came around and said, ‘Well, I just want you to know, whatever it is it’s curable.’
“It was like, ‘What? What are you talking about?'”
“Should you then feel ashamed because it took up residence in your anus?”
She went on to say that there are “people who are ashamed” of the strain of the disease, but shouldn’t be.
Marcia explained: “You have cancer. Should you then also feel like ashamed like you did something bad because it took up residence in your anus?”
The actress’ husband Tom Mahoney was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009 and now doctors think Marcia’s diagnosis could be linked.
They suspect that both cancers were caused by the same strain of human papillomavirus, or HPV.
The virus can be spread through sexual intercourse or skin-to-skin contact and can cause six types of cancers, including that of the cervix and genitals.
It can also be given to a newborn during childbirth and it’s thought that nearly all sexually active adults will contract one type of HPV in their lives.
Marcia is now making sure her daughters – 12-year-old twins Eden and Savannah – get vaccinated for HPV.
She said: “My girls don’t know it, but they’re up for their first shot the end of the school year.”
In the UK, 90% of people will come across some form of HPV while one in three people have it.
Most strands to not pose any risk, and many never know that they have or have had it as the immune system can clear around 90% of infections within a few years.
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