In November , Desperate Housewives alum Marcia Cross went to her doctor for her annual rectal exam when doctors discovered a cancerous mass in her anus. Now, cancer-free, Marcia is speaking out in the hopes of ending the stigma surrounding anal cancer. You have to then also feel ashamed? Like you did something bad, you know, because it took up residence in your anus? I mean, come on, really. There's enough on your plate.
Marcia Cross of 'Desperate Housewives' Opens Up on Anal Cancer
How HPV and a taboo sex act can lead to anal cancer
By Hannah Sparks. June 7, pm Updated June 7, pm. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease, infecting some 79 million Americans. In some cases, though, it produces warts. And, if left untreated, more extreme strains of the virus could cause cancer. HPV can be transmitted through a number of sex acts, which means that any body part involved in sexual intercourse is at risk — including the cervix, vagina, vulva, penis and throat. Daniel Popowich, assistant professor of surgery specializing in colorectal surgeries at Mt.
Marcia Cross' personal revelation was a generous act
After almost two years in remission, Cross is hoping to reduce the stigma surrounding her illness by speaking publicly about new details of her diagnosis and treatment—especially if doing so helps others stay healthy too. But, as I was going through it, I read repeatedly about people who were ashamed, who were hiding, who were lying about their diagnosis. And on the other side, how doctors were not comfortable talking about it. And women were not given the follow-up care they needed.
Subscriber Account active since. A year and a half after being diagnosed with anal cancer, actress Marcia Cross is now speaking up about the potential cause of her illness: the sexually transmitted infection human papillomavirus , or HPV. Mahoney was diagnosed in and went into remission after treatment, but his cancer came back around the time Cross was diagnosed with anal cancer, People reported. Cross said she decided to publicly share her diagnosis and this new HPV information in order to destigmatize anal cancer. You have cancer!