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Actress Marcia Cross knows how difficult it can be to talk about certain kinds of cancer, so she’s speaking up about her experience with anal cancer in hopes of easing the stigma.

The “Desperate Housewives” and “Melrose Place” actress told People magazine Wednesday that she wants to “put a dent” in the shame many people feel about anal cancer, which is diagnosed in more than 8,000 people in the U.S. each year. Cross was diagnosed in 2017 after her annual gynecological exam.

“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,” Cross said.

After her diagnosis, Cross was treated

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