Actor Michael Douglas recently revealed that he contracted cancer through oral sex.
Douglas is currently promoting his HBO film "Behind the Candelabra," in which he plays Liberace.
During an interview with The Guardian, Douglas was asked if he regretted smoking, to which he answered: "No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], 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."
Douglas, 68, was diagnosed with cancer in August 2010. Initially, doctors prescribed antibiotics for a supposed infection. Douglas then saw a doctor in Montreal, Canada who found the tumor.
"I will always remember the look on his face," Douglas recalled. "He said: 'We need a biopsy.' There was a walnut-size tumor at the base of my tongue that no other doctor had seen."
Douglas was diagnosed with stage four cancer and began an intensive treatment of chemotherapy and radiation.
"That's a rough ride. That can really take it out of you," Douglas told The Guardian. "Plus the amount of chemo I was getting, it zaps all the good stuff too. It made me very weak."
Douglas says he has been clear of cancer for two years: "With this kind of cancer, 95% of the time it doesn't come back."
HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that is well known to cause cervical and anal cancer, but is said to be responsible for cases of oral cancer.
"It has been established beyond reasonable doubt that the HPV type 16 is the causative agent in oropharyngeal cancer," said Mahesh Kumar, a consultant head and neck surgeon in London, but he doubted oral sex could cure it as Douglas suggested.
Source: The Guardian