Michael Douglas blames oral sex for his throat cancer -- then denies saying this

4 June 2013 / 3 years 4 months ago

A spokesman for Michael Douglas has denied on Monday (June 3) that the Hollywood actor had blamed his throat cancer on oral sex. According to an article in The Straits Times, the spokesman had said that although the 68-year-old star had discussed the link between oral cancers and oral sex, he was not referring to his own case.In the earlier newspaper interview with British daily, the Guardian, Douglas was quoted as saying that his cancer was caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV)."Without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus," he was quoted as saying. "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," he added, referring to his son Cameron's jailing for drug offences.But Douglas's spokesman said the actor was talking in general, not personal terms. "This is not the cause of his cancer," he said."Is this a cause of oral cancers? Yes, along with drinking, along with smoking, along with stress, along with pollution. All of those things cause oral cancer."Did he specifically say this was the cause of his cancer? No," he added.A spokesman for Guardian News & Media said: "To the best of our knowledge we have, received no complaints about the articles in question from Michael Douglas or his representatives."We would of course investigate any complaints about our journalism that we received."Burry said he had not sought a correction from the British newspaper. "I'm not asking the Guardian to do anything, I think they did enough already," he said.The two-time Oscar winner revealed in 2010 that he was battling with stage-four cancer, but beat the disease thanks to a grueling regime of chemotherapy and radiotherapy."I have to check in regularly - now it's every six months - but I'm more than two years clear," he told the Guardian. "And with this kind of cancer, 95 per cent of the time it doesn't come back."Research studies from Malmo University's Faculty of Odontology and in The New England Journal of Medicine both suggest a correlation between oral sex and throat cancer.HPV infection is also the cause of 99 per cent of cases of cervical cancer, according to studies cited by Britain's National Health Service (NHS).Douglas' wife, Oscar-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, in April received further treatment for bipolar disorder.

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