Actor Michael Douglas has revealed that his throat cancer was caused by oral sex.
He revealed this personal information in an interview with the Guardian.
The Oscar-winning actor was first diagnosed three years ago and has since been given a clean bill of health and making strides towards a full recovery.
The publication asked Douglas if he had any regrets about his way of life before his diagnosis, specifically his drinking and smoking habits. He said, “No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV which actually comes about from cunnilingus.”
“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.”
HPV, human papillomavirus, is a sexually transmitted virus which causes cervical and anal cancer, and health officials feel it is also a contributing factor in the rise of throat cancer.
The CDC estimates that HPV accounts for the majority of newly acquired STIs. While the vast majority (90 percent) of HPV infections will go away on their own within two years and cause no harm, some of these infections will take hold and potentially lead to serious disease, including cervical cancer, throat cancer and anal cancer.
The 68-year-old actor has always been very open in his interviews, including details about his battle with alcohol addition and recreational drug use. His wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, has also been open about her health struggles and maintaining her bipolar disorder.