LONDON – Veteran Hollywood star Michael Douglas blamed a cancerous tumor that developed in his throat three years ago on his sex life, in an interview published in The Guardian newspaper on Monday.
The 68-year-old actor, who is starring as flamboyant entertainer Liberace in his latest movie, “Behind The Candelabra,” said the cancer was not a result of hard drinking and heavy smoking, and was instead caused by a sexually transmitted disease.
“Without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), which actually comes about from cunnilingus,” he explained. “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,” he said. “And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it.”
His son, Cameron, is serving a 10-year prison sentence for drug possession and dealing.
The two-time Oscar winner revealed in 2010 that he was battling with stage-four cancer, but beat the disease thanks to a grueling program of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Research suggest a correlation between oral sex and throat cancer.
HPV infection is also the cause of 99 percent of cases of cervical cancer, according to studies.