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

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

The actress appeared on CBS This Morning on June 5, to give a tell-all interview about her battle with the disease, which she was diagnosed with in November 2017, and talked about how it may be linked to her husband Tom Mahoney's throat cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 2009, due to the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease.

She told CBS This Morning that doctors believe both cancers were caused by the same HPV strain, and that she didn't know the virus was linked to cancer prior to her diagnosis.

"I know there are people who are ashamed". "You have cancer. Should you then also feel like ashamed like you did something bad because it took up residence in your anus?"

According to the CDC, HPV causes more than 90% of anal cancers, and can spread from one person to another through sex or just by skin-to-skin contact.

She chose 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.

On "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday, she explained how her gynecologist had discovered the anal cancer during a routine visit.

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

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.

Cross said doctors later told her the cancer was likely linked to HPV, a sexually transmitted disease, and the same strain had caused her husband Tom Mahoney's throat cancer in 2009. "But you can bear it", Cross said.

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?" The vaccine has also been approved for prevention of anal cancers.

Nearly a decade after Mahoney, 61, had battled throat cancer, it was Cross' turn to undergo treatment.

Cross underwent six weeks of radiation and two weeks of chemotherapy to treat her cancer.

The HPV vaccine was introduced in 2006.

"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.

"What are you talking about", she recalls of her reaction to the news. I'm the girl who goes to the bathroom now and I go 'Yes!

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