Michael Douglas: Oral Sex May Have Caused My Throat Cancer

Celebrity News Jun. 3, 2013 AT 8:40AM
Michael Douglas: Oral Sex May Have Caused My Throat Cancer Credit: Venturelli/WireImage.com

This Michael Douglas interview is rated NC-17! In an instantly buzzed-about interview with British paper The Guardian, the 68-year-old actor looked back on his 2010 ordeal with stage-four throat cancer -- and explained why he didn't regret his many years of smoking and drinking, long thought to cause the disease.

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"No," the Oscar winner said. "Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus." Married to Catherine Zeta-Jones for 13 years, Douglas continued of his oral sex theory: "I did worry if the stress caused by my son's incarceration didn't help trigger it. But yeah, it's a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer. And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it."

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(Cameron Douglas, the star's eldest son from a previous marriage, is currently serving nearly 10 years in prison on drug charges.) Following an intensive eight-week regimen of chemotherapy and radiation, Douglas remains cancer-free today. "With this kind of cancer, 95 percent of the time it doesn't come back," he added.

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While The Guardian story goes on the explain -- via medical experts -- the link between oral cancer and HPV -- the Behind the Candelabra star's rep clarified in a subsequent statement: "He did not say this was the cause of his cancer. In a discussion of oral cancer, he said this is one of the suspected causes. He never made it personal."

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