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Michael Douglas Says HPV Caused Throat Cancer [Update NSFW]

Michael Douglas attributes throat cancer to oral sex
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UPDATE: A representative for Michael Douglas says The Guardian misquoted Douglas, and maintains that Douglas didn’t actually blame his cancer on oral sex. He simply said, “Without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), which actually comes from cunnilingus.”

Actor Michael Douglas, in a rather frank interview, attributed his throat cancer to HPV (human papillomavirus) which he says can be contracted from oral sex.

The ‘Fatal Attraction’ star told The Guardian he didn’t blame his cancer on years of smoking and drinking.

“Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV which actually comes about from cunnilingus.”

Doctors do believe there is a link between oral sex with an infected person and HPV. Studies show HPV is now the cause of more throat and oral cancers than tobacco. The Center for Disease Control says about 63% of such cases can be linked to HPV.

Douglas, 68, was diagnosed in 2010 and is now cancer free.

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