Michael Douglas: Oral sex caused throat cancer?
Michael Douglas says in an interview with The Guardian newspaper that throat cancer, as he battled in 2010, can be caused by performing oral sex on women who have a sexually-transmitted disease.
It being widely reported that the story went on to say Douglas' cancer had been caused by his having contracted the human papillomavirus (HPV).
UPDATE, 10 a.m. ET: But now, Douglas' longtime rep, Allen Burry, tells USA TODAY's Lorena Blas that although the headline on the Guardian story is "Michael Douglas: Oral Sex caused my cancer," that's not what the actor said.
"Michael Douglas did not say cunnilingus was the cause of his cancer. It was discussed that oral sex is a suspected cause of certain oral cancers as doctor's in the article point out but he did not say it was the specific cause of his personal cancer."
Douglas, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2010, said at the time that drinking and smoking were culprits of his throat cancer.
The actor, 68, has been free of cancer for more than two years after receiving extensive chemotherapy and has returned to acting.
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Asked whether he now regretted his years of smoking and drinking, Douglas replied in the article: "No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus."
Douglas, who has been married to Catherine Zeta-Jones since 2000, continued: "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."