Oral Sex and Throat Cancer: Michael Douglas HPV Report Spotlights "Epidemic"
By Ryan Jaslow / CBS News / June 3, 2013, 12:42 PM
Michael Douglas's announcement that his throat cancer was caused by human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease, has raised awareness about a men's health trend doctors have been alarmed about for years.
Douglas, the 68-year-old star of the new Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra," told The Guardian in an interview when asked if he regretted his drinking and smoking habits in light of his cancer battle, that he did not, in part because his disease was caused by oral sex.
"No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus," Douglas told the paper. "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."
Douglas' representatives denied The Guardian's headline stating that oral sex caused the actor's cancer on Monday morning, telling USA Today: "Michael Douglas did not say cunnilingus was the cause of his cancer. It was discussed that oral sex is a suspected cause of certain oral cancers as doctor's in the article point out but he did not say it was the specific cause of his personal cancer."
However, a link between oral sex and throat cancer is no surprise to experts.
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