[Ed. – Eewwww.]
Marcia Cross is speaking out about anal cancer in hopes to end the stigma surrounding the disease.
The former “Desperate Housewives” star appeared on CBS This Morning Wednesday to give a health update more than a year after her diagnosis and shared that she and husband Tom Mahoney’s cancers were likely related.
In 2009, Mahoney, 61, was diagnosed with throat cancer. Doctors reportedly told Cross, 57, that the same type of HPV that triggered her husband’s disease could cause cancer in the anus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV, the human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. and affects around 79 million Americans. Aside from cancer in the throat and anus, it can also affect the cervix and gentials but can be prevented by a vaccine.
“I know that there are people who are ashamed,” Cross told CBS. “You have cancer! Do you have to then also feel ashamed like you did something bad because it took up residence in your anus? I mean, come on, really. There’s enough on your plate.”