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Now Michael Douglas says he DOESN’T blame oral sex for his throat cancer as doctors question his ‘dubious’ claims

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imageActor Michael Douglas has denied saying in interview his throat cancer was caused by oral sex, claiming instead he was discussing the causes of cancer.
The Hollywood actor was recently quoted saying that his throat cancer was caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease that he contracted after performing oral sex on women.
A leading sexual health doctor questioned Michael Douglas’ claim that his throat cancer was caused by oral sex.
And now the Mr Douglas has retracted his comments. The actor’s spokesman Allen Burry said that Mr Douglas never said that HPV was the cause of his cancer; he said Douglas was discussing what causes oral cancer during the interview.

When asked by a Guardian reporter about his disease, Douglas said, ‘without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), which actually comes from cunnilingus’.
His remarks were quickly questioned by Dr Michael Brady, medical director of sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, who said while oral sex could have contributed to the cancer, it was very difficult to pinpoint a single cause.
Dr Brady pointed out that Mr Douglas had been a smoker and a drinker – two factors that he said are the most common causes of oral cancer.
Dr Brady said: ‘There are often a number of factors, genetic, environmental, viral, that could be playing a role.’
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.
However, in a new interview the 68-year-old said that the particular strain he had suffered with was caused by human papilloma virus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted disease in the US.
Douglas made the frank admission about how he developed the illness during an interview with The Guardian newspaper when he was asked if he had regretted smoking and drinking in the past.
Douglas candidly replied: ‘No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus.’
Douglas, who is married to Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, was diagnosed with cancer in August 2010 after a walnut-sized tumour was found on his tongue.
Brady said there are hundreds of different types of HPV virus and that in most cases it does not cause damage.
The risk is so low, he said, that he does not believe people should worry or change their sexual practices.

His health troubles started just a few months after his eldest son Cameron – from his first marriage to Diandra Luker – was jailed for drug possession and dealing.
The actor admitted he initially believed his disease had been triggered by the stress over his son’s legal troubles.
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. And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it.’
Douglas was diagnosed with stage four of the disease and underwent an intense course of chemotherapy and radiation.
Eventually, he was given the all-clear, although he still has to undergo check-ups with doctors every six months.
However, the actor is optimistic he has conquered the disease once and for all.
‘With this kind of cancer, 95 per cent of the time it doesn’t come back,’ he said.

More than 20 years ago, Michael was hospitalised for an addiction, which many reports at the time claimed was to sex.
However, he has since denied that he was a sex addict, insisting that he was being treated for alcohol abuse.
Last year Cancer Research UK said that the rising rates of HPV-positive cases of oral cancer could be linked to oral sex. World Health Organisation figures have also linked HPV to more than 5 per cent of cancers worldwide.
HPV can be passed between men and women by genital contact, most often during vaginal and anal sex. It may also be passed on during oral sex and genital-to-genital contact. It can be passed on between straight and same-sex partners – even when the infected person shows no symptoms.
Last year, Professor Margaret Stanley of Cambridge University said boys must be given the vaccine for HPV as well as girls.
The jab has routinely been given to 12 and 13-year-old girls since 2008 and protects against the virus.
She said that to not protect them against a host of cancers, including tumours of the tongue, tonsils, head and neck, would be unethical, unfair and socially irresponsible.
Professor Stanley explained: ‘Obviously cervical cancer is the big one but in Europe and the United States and Australia, places that have got cervical cancer screening programmes, cervical cancer is very well controlled.
‘But the other cancers – cancers of the anus and increasingly the tonsil and tongue – there is no screening for them and no way of detecting them until they are proper cancers and they are more common in men than in women.’
The professor said that boys, like girls, should be vaccinated at the age of 12 or 13, before they are sexually active.



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