Michael Douglas believes his throat cancer was caused by oral sex.
The Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps star ? who was diagnosed with stage four cancer in 2010 but has been free of the illness for two years ? has no regrets about spending years smoking and drinking, for which he sought treatment in rehab in 1992, because he doesn't think it caused him to get sick.
The 68-year-old actor, who’s married to Catherine Zeta-Jones, told the Guardian newspaper on Sunday, " . . . without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus] which actually comes about from cunnilingus (oral sex performed on a female)."
The actor ? who has two children, Carys (10) and Dylan (12) with Catherine, as well as 34-year-old son Cameron, who’s serving a jail sentence for drug offences, with first wife Diandra Luker ? was initially worried stress had made him ill but now believes it was caused by a sexually transmitted disease.
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."
Michael underwent an intensive eight-week course of chemotherapy and radiation, and lost 45 pounds (20 kg) because he refused to use a feeding tube, forcing him to survive on a liquid-only diet.
He said, "That's a rough ride. That can really take it out of you. Plus the amount of chemo I was getting, it zaps all the good stuff too. It made me very weak."
The actor has check-ups every six months and feels lucky that "with this kind of cancer, 95 per cent of the time it doesn't come back".