Marcia Cross says doctors suspect her anal cancer is linked to her husband Tom Mahoney’s throat cancer

Marcia Cross isn’t ashamed to tell her story. The Desperate Housewives alum got candid as she spoke out about her anal cancer diagnosis on Thursday, June 6.

“I was so not thinking anything was wrong because I didn’t have any symptoms, and [the gynecologist] gave me an exam and came around and said, ‘Well, I just want you to know, whatever it is it’s curable,'” Cross, 57, recalled during an interview on CBS This Morning. “I was like, ‘What? What are you talking about?'”

The Melrose Place alum went on to talk about her hope to help destigmatize the disease. “I know that there are people who are ashamed,” she said. “You have cancer. Should you then also feel like ashamed like you did something bad because it took up residence in your anus?”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Marcia Cross (L) and Tom Mahoney attend the 2017 Gersh Emmy Party presented by Tequila Don Julio 1942 on September 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Gersh)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: Tom Mahoney and Marcia Cross attend the Vintage Hollywood Wine & Food Tasting for the Ocean Park Community Center on June 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Vintage Hollywood)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Tom Mahoney and actress Marcia Cross attend the Vintage Hollywood Wine & Food Tasting to benefit to benefit The People Concern on June 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images for Vintage Hollywood)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 08: Tom Mahoney and actress Marcia Cross attends the Vintage Hollywood Fundraiser for Ocean Park Community Center at David Arquette's home on June 8, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 08: Tom Mahoney and actress Marcia Cross attends the Vintage Hollywood Fundraiser for Ocean Park Community Center at David Arquette's home on June 8, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 05: Actress Marcia Cross (L) and husband Tom Mahoney attend The Hole Gallery concert sponsored by Playboy and hosted by Delano at Delano Hotel on December 5, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Serg Alexander/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 09: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Husband Tom Mahoney and Actress Marcia Cross attends the Vintage Hollywood Fundraiser for Ocean Park Community Center at David Arquette's home on June 9, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
Marcia Cross and Tom Mahoney ring in the new year at Pelican Hill Resort on December 31, 2010 in Newport Beach, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Marcia Cross and husband Tom Mahoney are seen on September 11, 2010 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
©2010 RAMEY PHOTO NO SPAIN, NO ITALY Los Angeles, May 1, 2010 MARCIA CROSS and her husband TOM MAHONEY, walk with their twins, EDEN and SAVANNAH on Montana Ave. in Brentwood. after visiting Scribbles, a store where they can make and illustrate their own books. On the way the family stops to practice their photography skills by both , Marcia and Tom taking some family portaits of each other and the girls. PGpg68 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 21: Tom Mahoney and Marcia Cross attend Opening Night Preview Party Of the LA Antique Show Benefiting P.S. ARTS at Barker Hangar on April 21, 2010 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by MIKE GARDNER/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
©2010 RAMEY PHOTO NO SPAIN/ NO ITALY/ NO RUSSIA Los Angeles, February 7th 2010 MARCIA CROSS, hubby Tom Mahoney and their twins Eden and Savannah, were spotted having a lovely family time on an ocean front park in Santa Monica, CA. PGpg68 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
©2010 RAMEY PHOTO NO SPAIN, NO ITALY, NO RUSSIA Beverly Hills, California, January 10, 2010 MARCIA CROSS and her husband, TOM MAHONEY visit some furniture stores in Brentwood while they enjoy a couple of coffee drinks. PGpg68 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Marcia Cross and husband Tom Mahoney are seen in Brentwood on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
Marcia Cross and Tom Mahoney sighting in Santa Monica on September 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
©2008 RAMEY PHOTO November 23, 2008, Brentwood, California MARCIA CROSS, husband Tom Mahoney, and their twin daugthers, Eden and Savannah, do some shopping at the Farmer's Market and then go to the park. KISS (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Cross — whose husband, Tom Mahoney, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009 — went on to note that doctors now suspected that their cancers are linked and came from the same type of human papillomavirus virus, or HPV, which can be transferred through sexual intercourse or skin-to-skin contact.

The Everwood actress and Mahoney, who have been married since 2006 and share 12-year-old twin daughters Savannah and Eden, are planning to have their children vaccinated for HPV in the next few weeks.

“My girls don’t know it, but they’re up for their first shot at the end of the school year,” Cross explained.

Cross was diagnosed with anal cancer nearly a year and a half ago. She took to Instagram in September 2018 to share the news that she was happy and healthy following her battle.

“I am POST cancer. All good now,” she exclaimed at the time. “Hard journey, but I am HEALTHY, happy, and more present and grateful than ever. Thank you from the bottom of my ever expanding heart for all of your LOVE.”

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 25: Actress Marcia Cross attends the Natural Resources Defense Council's STAND UP! for the Planet benefit at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on April 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 25: Actor Marcia Cross attends NRDC STAND UP! for the planet 2017 on April 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for NRDC)
QUANTICO - 'MHORDER' - With all the collaborators unveiled, the team uses Clay and Maxine's engagement party to entice them into one place. The mission: turn one against the others. But everyone's lives are put at risk when one member of the team makes a surprising decision, on 'Quantico,' MONDAY, APRIL 24 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Giovanni Rufino/ABC via Getty Images) MARCIA CROSS
QUANTICO - 'LNWILT' - In the wake of the G20 hostage crisis, President Claire Haas assembles an illegal and clandestine joint task force, bringing together Alex and her friends from both the FBI and CIA to unmask a global conspiracy, on 'Quantico,' MONDAY, MARCH 20 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Giovanni Rufino/ABC via Getty Images) MARCIA CROSS
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Marcia Cross attends Hollywood Unites for the 5th Biennial Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), A Program of The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) at Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Marcia Cross attends Hollywood Unites for the 5th Biennial Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), A Program of The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) at Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
PALMA, SPAIN - 2016/08/04: Marcia Cross attends the Remus Lifestyle Night 2016 at Varadero Bar. (Photo by Michael Timm UPDATE/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - AUGUST 04: Marcia Cross attends the Remus Lifestyle Night 2016 on August 4, 2016 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Marcel Remus)
QUANTICO - 'Right' - The NATS are excited that graduation is near as they prepare to leave Quantico and head out into the real world for their new assignments. In the future, Alex learns someone she cared about at Quantico is not who they seemed to be, as she finds herself at the heart of another possible attack, on 'Quantico,' SUNDAY, MAY 8, (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Philippe Bosse/ABC via Getty Images) MARCIA CROSS
QUANTICO - 'Soon' - At Quantico, the NATs look into each other's background to determine who gets high-level security clearance, and in the process Alex, Shelby and Iris learn some surprising truths about Drew, Will and Caleb. Meanwhile, in the future, Alex contacts Claire Haas (guest star Marcia Cross) in order to find her missing friends and is shocked when she discovers what happened to Caleb, on 'Quantico,' SUNDAY, APRIL 17 (10:00-11:00 EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Betrand Calmeau/ABC via via Getty Images)JANAYA STEPHENS, MARCIA CROSS
QUANTICO - 'Clue' - At Quantico, the NATS are given a training exercise that hits too close to home for Shelby. While in the future, Alex finds an unlikely ally in Hannah, as she continues to try and stop the terrorist from striking again, on 'Quantico,' SUNDAY, APRIL 3 (10:00-11:00 EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Philippe Bosse/ABC via Getty Images) MARCIA CROSS
QUANTICO - 'Turn' - A terror cell tries to infiltrate Quantico, forcing Miranda and Liam to pay a deadly price. While in the future, Alex continues to get instructions from the terrorist - only this time, it's Claire Haas' (played by Marcia Cross) life that hangs in the balance, on 'Quantico' SUNDAY, MARCH 27 (10:00-11:00 EDT) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Philippe Bosse/ABC via Getty Images) MARCIA CROSS
QUANTICO - 'Alex' - Alex finds herself in the middle of a congressional hearing to testify about the terrorist bombings. Convinced Elias didn't act alone, she is determined to find answers and the truth. While back at Quantico, a new group of NATS join Alex and her classmates, causing tension and competition between the groups of trainees, on 'Quantico,' SUNDAY, MARCH 6 (10:00--11:00 EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Phillippe Bosse/ABC via Getty Images) MARCIA CROSS
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 12: Actress Kelly Rutherford (L) and actress Marcia Cross attend Children's Justice Campaign Event on May 12, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/FilmMagic)
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