Michael Douglas says that he contracted throat cancer from – believe it or not – oral sex!
Douglas, 68, made the claim in Britain’s Guardian newspaper, revealing that at the beginning he thought it was the stress of his son Cameron being sentenced to five years in prison for selling crystal meth that brought on the cancer.
But doctors instead told him that cunnilingus is most likely to be the reason.
“Without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus,” he told the newspaper.
“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.”
Cancer experts believe that HPV – a sexually transmitted virus – is a contributing factor in the rise of throat cancer.
Douglas admitted he was a sex addict for years before marrying Catherine Zeta-Jones in 2000.
The Oscar winner was diagnosed with throat cancer three years ago and underwent two months of chemotherapy and radiation. He lost more than 13kg in the process but is now on the road to recovery.