Actress Marcia Cross was candid about her anal cancer started.
Former “Desperate Housewives” star Marcia Cross is not afraid to talk about her battle with anal cancer. In fact, they want to discuss to “help put a dent in the stigma surrounding the disease,” she said.
The actress, 57, recently opened up about her anal cancer diagnosis and the People, telling the publication she wants other current or former cancer patients feel unashamed when talking about their struggle.
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“I’ve read a lot of cancer survivor stories, and many people, especially women, were too shy to say what kind of cancer they had. There is a lot of shame about. I want that to stop,” she said.
Although Cross, which was the first to know she had anal cancer in November 2017, is now in remission, the process of getting to that point is everything but easy.
After the Cross’ gynecologist saw for the first time, signs of anal cancer during an annual checkup, the actress later underwent two biopsies that were followed by six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, according to People. She described the treatment process as ” gnarly.”
“In the beginning, I just what to put down for the parting of the cheeks and I would float away. Because what are you going to do?” she said.
“The surgery was not recommended, that was a relief. You want to keep the sphincter muscles, if possible. After waking up to its importance, now I’m a big fan of the anus!” she added.
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The star has been in remission for about a year and has been told that the chances of cancer returning are slim. For this, Cross says that she is grateful, especially if they make use of the toilet.
“Every time I go to the bathroom, I think, ‘That’s great! Thank you, body,'” said Cross.