Actor Michael Douglas says oral sex may have caused throat cancer

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(CNN) — When the world first learned that Michael Douglas was battling cancer in 2010, all that was disclosed was that the actor had a tumor in his throat and that he was optimistic about beating the disease.

Now, three years later and after declaring victory over his diagnosis, the 68-year-old star has opened up on what could have potentially caused the harrowing experience – one of them being oral sex.

In an interview with the U.K.’s Guardian, Douglas was asked whether he regretted smoking and drinking in the past, two activities that were presumed to be contributing factors to his illness. Douglas responded with a straightforward “no,” because “this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus.”

The “Behind the Candelabra” star, who didn’t want “to get too specific,” added that he 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.”

However, a rep for Douglas told CNN that the actor never specifically said that HPV caused his cancer diagnosis in 2010 – only that it was one of many possible causes.

CNN’s Jennifer Wolfe contributed to this report.

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