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Michael Douglas Talks Frankly About Illness

Post  Panda on Tue 4 Jun - 4:52

Michael Douglas Talks Frankly About Illness

The actor has moved to clarify that his oral cancer was not
caused by the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus.

12:16am UK,
Tuesday 04 June 2013

Video: Douglas Talks Of Cause Of

  • Hollywood actor Michael Douglas has moved to clarify reports that
    he blamed his throat cancer on performing oral sex.

    A spokesman for the star, Allen Burry, said in a statement that Douglas never
    said that was the cause of his cancer.

    He said the star was discussing what causes oral cancer, which can be
    contracted through a sexually transmitted disease, but was not talking about his
    own illness.

    The 68-year-old had stage-four cancer, which took around six months to

    "Without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV
    (human papilloma virus)," he told The Guardian.

    "I did worry if the stress caused by my son's incarceration didn't help
    trigger it.
    Douglas wife his wife, Catherine
    "But yeah, it's a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer."

    Health officials say smoking and alcohol are the main causes of oral cancer.
    The human papilloma virus, however, has been linked to one kind of throat

    More than 100 different types of HPV have been identified but there is no way of detecting the virus in the
    mouth or neck before a cancer is diagnosed.

    According to the United States' National Cancer Institute, throat cancers
    caused by HPV have increased during the past 20 years, especially among men.

    The virus is responsible for around 63% of throat cancers, according to the
    US-based Centres for Disease Control and

    Speaking after confirming he had beaten the cancer in 2011, Douglas said
    the disease had "put a timeline on my life".

    "It's been a rough few years but I'm back with a vengeance," he added.

    "I feel blessed and fortunate that I still have a career. I feel blessed and
    fortunate that I'm even alive."

    Douglas is married to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, with whom he has two
    children, Dylan and Carys.

    In a career spanning nearly 50 years, he has won four Golden Globes and two
    Academy Awards.

    Douglas recently appeared on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival to
    promote his new film Behind The Candelabra.

    He also stars in upcoming comedy Last Vegas alongside Robert De Niro and
    Morgan Freeman.
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