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Over the weekend, Michael Douglas was asked whether he regretted his years of heavy drinking and heavy smoking since it ultimately led to throat cancer. His response caught many people by surprise. Apparently, he does not because his version of throat cancer is often caused by cunnilingus.
Here’s what Douglas told The Guardian when asked about regretting the chainsmoking…
"No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus."
Of course, the quote flew around the Internet at a rate only the shared power of sex and disease can achieve. From comedians to scientists to doctors, tons of people passed around the comment and aired their on thoughts yesterday and this morning, but if the actor’s rep is to be believed what his client was trying to convey was actually a bit more complicated. Here’s how the publicist contextualized the quote to 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."
Regardless of what Douglas did or did not say, it’s really nice to see him back in the public eye. He’s a great actor and Behind The Candelabra was the perfect reminder of that. He’s been cancer free for the last two years, and with throat cancer, whatever it may have been caused by, Douglas’ chances of permanently being in the clear are actually pretty good.