Hollywood actor Michael Douglas has revealed that the throat cancer that almost killed him was caused by performing oral sex on women.
The star, who fought a six month battle with the disease from August 2010 until January 2011, had initially believed that it was his years of smoking and drinking that had lead to the illness.
Asked by The Guardian newspaper if he’d regretted his years of smoking and drinking, assuming they were the cause of his cancer, Douglas responded,
“No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], 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.”
Douglas, who is married to Catherine Zeta-Jones, didn’t specify how many years ago he might have been exposed to HPV.
He was in the UK promoting his Liberace bio pic, Behind the Candelabra when he made his candid comments.