'Behind The Candelabra' actor says his stage-four cancer was caused by HPV virus
Michael Douglas has revealed that his throat cancer was caused by cunnilingus.
The 68-year-old actor, who is currently receiving critical praise for his role as Liberace in the upcoming Behind The Candelabra, claims his stage-four cancer was caused by the HPV virus he caught from performing oral sex.
When asked by the The Guardian if years of heavy smoking and drinking caused his throat cancer, Douglas, who is the partner of actress Catherine Zeta Jones, said: “No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus.”
He added: ” 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.”
The HPV virus is often associated with being the cause of cervical and anal cancer.
The Wall Street actor was diagnosed with stage-four cancer – an often untreatable, terminal level – in August 2010, after months of wrong diagnosis. It was a friend’s doctor in Montreal who spotted the tumour at the back of Douglas’ tongue. After lengthy chemotherapy he announced that he had “beaten cancer” in January 2011.
Michael Douglas can next be seen starring alongside Matt Damon as Liberace in flamboyant biopic Behind The Candelabra. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to view the most recent trailer.