In November , Cross was diagnosed with anal cancer after a routine digital rectal examination by her gynecologist. The cancer was caught early, and she underwent 6 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. Throughout the treatment, which Cross described as "gnarly," she tried to maintain her sense of humor. I've read a lot of cancer-survivor stories, and many people, women especially, were too embarrassed to say what kind of cancer they had. There is a lot of shame about it. I want that to stop.
Marcia Cross of 'Desperate Housewives' Opens Up on Anal Cancer
Why "Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross is so eager to talk about anal cancer - CBS News
Actress Marcia Cross’ anal cancer probably caused by same virus that gave her husband throat cancer
The year-old is now in remission after being diagnosed with anal cancer last year during a routine digital exam, having gone through three months of gruelling treatment. Now, Marcia is promoting HPV immunisation after learning that the types of HPV that most commonly cause cancer can be prevented by the current vaccine — with her daughters due to get their first shots at the end of the school year. The actress, best known for playing Bree Van De Kamp in Desperate Housewives, also wants to break down the stigma around anal cancer. You have cancer!