Michael Douglas was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010. Now he has revealed that oral sex was the cause.
In an interview with the Guardian, Douglas, 68, reveals that his cancer was caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), which he contracted by performing oral sex. Many had previously thought his cancer was caused by smoking and drinking. Douglas dispelled these rumors, however, when asked if he regretted engaging in such activities. “No,” Dougluas said, “Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus.”
The actor was diagnosed with stage four cancer after a doctor found a “walnut-size tumor” on the base of his tongue. Although stage four cancer is often terminal, Douglas went through an intensive eight-week course of chemotherapy and radiation.
“That’s a rough ride. That can really take it out of you,” he told the Guardian. “Plus the amount of chemo I was getting, it zaps all the good stuff too. It made me very weak.”
But that rough ride was worth it, because Douglas has been cancer-free for more than two years. And if his recent performance in Behind the Candelabra is any indication, he’s not slowing down any time soon.
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