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Key Words: Marcia Cross shares her ‘gnarly’ anal cancer struggle to end stigma around the disease

“Desperate Housewives” star Marcia Cross beat anal cancer; now she wants to help stop the shame that surrounds the disease.

The 57-year-old actress, who also starred on “Melrose Place” in the ’90s, got candid about her treatment and her newfound advocacy in a People Now interview posted Wednesday.

“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

Cross was first diagnosed in November 2017, when she said that her gynecologist noticed the first signs of anal cancer during an annual checkup.

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