WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Desperate Housewives alumna Marcia Cross said in an interview with “CBS This Morning” that her anal cancer may be linked to her husband’s, Tom Mahoney’s, throat cancer.
- Mahoney was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009. Reportedly, Cross was told by doctors that the same type of HPV that triggered Tom’s disease could cause cancer in the anus.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV (human papillomavirus) is a sexually transmitted infection known to cause cervical cancer, throat cancer, vaginal cancer, and anal cancer.
Marcia Cross, 57, one of the main stars of the hit TV series Desperate Housewives, is speaking out about anal cancer to end the stigma surrounding the disease.
On Wednesday, the actress appeared on “CBS This Morning” for an interview more than a year after her diagnosis. Cross her disease may be linked to her husband’s throat cancer.
Cross’ husband, Tom Mahoney, 61, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009. Doctors reportedly informed Cross that the same type of HPV (human papillomavirus) that caused Mahoney’s disease could cause cancer in the anus.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and affects around 79 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HPV also affects the cervix and genitals aside from cancer in the throat and anus.
The good news is that it can be prevented by a vaccine. That’s why Cross said her 12-year-old daughters will have a trip to the doctor’s office to get vaccinated against HPV.
“I know that there are people who are ashamed,” the actress said in the interview. “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.”
Cross also shared that her “Anal Angels,” a group of girlfriends, helped her get through her diagnosis.
“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? It blew my mind,” she added.
Both Cross and her husband are in remission.