Marcia Cross, who bravely battled and defeated anal cancer less than a year ago, has revealed her disease was most likely the same strain of HPV that caused her husband's throat cancer years earlier.
The star said her children were going to get the HPV vaccination at the end of the school year, although they are yet to be told.
She went on to say that there are "people who are ashamed" of the strain of the disease, but shouldn't be.
'Like you did something bad, you know, because it took up residence in your anus? "I mean, come on, really?" After Cross completed radiation and chemotherapy, she reached out to CBS News medical contributor Dr. Jon LaPook to share her story.
Marcia is now in remission but Tom went into remission only to have his cancer return 10 years later, and now doctors are suspecting that HPV was the cause of both cancers.
HPV can be transferred through sexual intercourse or skin-to-skin contact and can also cause cancer of the cervix and genitals.
"Even for me, it took a while". But you can bear it'. "All good now. Hard journey, but I am HEALTHY, happy, and more present and grateful than ever", she shared on Instagram.
She was referred to a colon and rectal surgeon and, after two biopsies, she was diagnosed with anal cancer. You just have to get used to it'.
Marcia Cross is "feeling back to normal" as she recovers from anal cancer. "It blew my mind", she said.
Statistically, anal cancer is on the rise. "I don't think I'll ever take it for granted". It's great what my body can do! She also admitted that although she felt a little embarrassed to have the disease at first, she now fully embraces getting through it and using her experience to help others.