Hollywood actor Michael Douglas has claimed his stage-four throat cancer was caused by performing oral sex.
The star, who is currently receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, said the cancer was caused by the sexually transmitted disease HPV (human papillomavirus).
In an interview with the Guardian in Britain, the 68-year-old was asked whether he regretted his years of smoking and drinking, which can contribute to cancer, when he received the diagnosis three years ago.
“No,” he said. “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.”
According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention: “HPV can cause serious health problems, including genital warts and certain cancers. There is no certain way to tell who will develop health problems from HPV and who will not. In most cases HPV goes away by itself before it causes any health problems, and most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it.”
The Guardian sought the opinion of an expert on the star’s assertion that cunnilingus could also help cure the condition. “Maybe he thinks that more exposure to the virus will boost his immune system. But medically, that just doesn’t make sense,” said Mahesh Kumar, a consultant head and neck surgeon in London.
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