Michael Douglas clarifies comment about oral sex and cancer
June 4th, 2013
11:24 AM ET

Michael Douglas clarifies comment about oral sex and cancer

Yes, oral sex can lead to cancer - and that's really all Michael Douglas wanted you to know.

The 68-year-old actor seemed to assert in an interview with the U.K.'s Guardian that HPV (the human papillomavirus) contracted through oral sex led to his throat cancer diagnosis in 2010.

Except, as Douglas clarified at an event in New York Monday night, he was simply saying that HPV could cause oral cancer ... not that it was the case for him, specifically.

"I've become, I think, in the past 24 hours a sort of poster boy for oral cancer," Douglas said while speaking as an honoree at an American Cancer Society event, the New York Daily News reports.

"And just so we all understand," Douglas continued, "I think we would all love to know where our cancer comes from. I simply, to a reporter, tried to give a little PSA announcement about HPV, a virus that can cause oral cancer, and is one of the few areas of cancer that can be controlled and there are vaccinations that kids can get. So that was my attempt."

Basically, he echoed what his rep said on Monday - that Douglas was pointing out the various possibilities that could lead to a cancer diagnosis, rather than saying what the specific cause was for him.

The Guardian, meanwhile, has published an audio clip and transcript of its interview with the actor, in which Douglas said he didn't think he "overloaded his system" with drinking or smoking. "No, no .... [W]ithout getting too specific, this particular cancer is caused by something called HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus."

Whatever caused the tumor that doctors found in Douglas' throat three years ago, two things are clear: one, that he's since beaten the disease, as he said in 2011; and two, he can consider his awareness campaign a mission accomplished.

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  4. Flagrante Delicto

    OMG...just the thought of Michael Douglas going down on CZ-J has give me brain cancer!

    June 11, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Fragrantia Debent

      I know - I'd give $100 to trade places with him. Mmm mmm! That's good eatin'!

      June 11, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Another dysfunctional couple...no wonder why michael has so many problems

    June 10, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. boo was a teeny bit jealous this morning...

    ffejay is really funny...see why can't you show me yucky pictures and tell me dirty jokes like he does...

    June 10, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. maria

    He just put his foot in his mouth ....poor wife! I wonder why is she in rehab all the time! with this kind of big mouth talking I will be too!

    June 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • That's just sick...

      Doesn't his foot know what that mouth has been? Eeeeeeewwwww...!

      June 10, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • you can point out my comments until i die...its all true.

      thank you

      June 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |


    June 10, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |

    1. accounts
    2. looking at me right now with girlfriends
    3. phones

    June 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Meh

    I clicked on this link and got HPV from his wife...I need a good lawyer....sorry, mutually exclusive statement

    June 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |


    June 9, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |

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    June 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ginger

    My wife's V Jay-Jay gave me cancer. Zeta-Jones will need extra time in her mental health rehab clinic.

    June 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lou

    not just with females Mike – come clean

    June 8, 2013 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  16. Married I's....fears Mzeta want his money...i hear youuuuuu.


    June 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  17. don

    i would like some hair pie with that fur burger.

    June 7, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. don

    enjoy that fur burger with the works.

    June 7, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  19. don

    douglas and elton john would make a great pair.

    June 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  20. JGN

    Yeh he's definitely put his foot in it...
    But I would just like to point out in the midst of all these comments about Zeta-Jones that it might not have been her he got it from. I think it takes many many years of living with the virus in your body to develop into cancer, so it could have been created by a casual in counter or a former girlfriend as easily. Talk about fatal attraction...and might also be cause for Catherine to be pretty well unpleased...

    June 7, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • DMG58

      OMG! You people are killing me with these comments.....keep them coming.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  21. steve klown

    Maybe he went into FULL BLOWN character for this role and got oral cancer.

    June 7, 2013 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  22. This is not michael staring...these are addicted female tools who are felons

    we will show parents stuff too ceo if we have too...

    June 6, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |

    June 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Arco La Cartouche

    ----Are we to conclude that Michael has never eaten at the Y ever since he's become dog less !!

    June 6, 2013 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  25. Azhane69

    Wow! These comments have me cracking up with laughter here at my desk at work! . Especially th ecomment that MikeB made. Keep the comments coming. Laughter is GREAT for the Soul! And I'm out...

    June 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  26. shybyme1

    I would like to know did Micheal Douglas engage in mutiple partner or did he get this from girlfreind ,wife Or he dont know. .

    June 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  27. jeff jeckson

    Then don't click on the link next time.

    June 5, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  28. don

    he has become a poster boy for his eating habits.

    June 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Coulda been worse

    Coulda got sand in his teeth from gnawing the cootch.

    June 5, 2013 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  30. Johndo

    Hey Michael, say hi to "Stinky" and don't forget to wash your hands, mouthwash is good too ...

    June 5, 2013 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  31. Johndo

    Hey Michael, say hi to "Stinky" ...

    June 5, 2013 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  32. whyhell

    He is a giver, nonetheless...

    June 5, 2013 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  33. rsmnr

    Very clever Douglas! Now you can be sure that no one will bother to come near Catherine Zeta and you can rest easy in your old age!

    June 5, 2013 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Fitty Stim

      My thoughts exactly!

      Why would he publicly say that his wife's goodies are tainted unless he had a hidden agenda?

      June 5, 2013 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  34. single and trying too understand...

    how does one have the weapon when nada is going on....there are no weapons

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  35. Joe

    "I think I'm getting throat Cancer". Best pickup line ever.

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  37. melle

    brain is not fried.

    June 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Where Can I Send Flowers?

    Where is Catherine getting treatment for that disgusting mess she's got going on?

    June 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  39. elle

    The radiation treatments must have fried his brain a little.

    June 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |


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  42. Winfrey

    He clarified it...so now we all know how much trouble he got into for saying it....LOL. I know Zeta Jones was maaaaad!!!

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    This is why he prefers Matt Damon instead

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    Ok, so we need to settle this. I propose that we get Wolf - aka 'The Hyena', coz you never want to turn your back on him - Blitzer to fire up the Situation Room with an in-depth Michael Douglas interview, while Sanjay Gupta performs a pelvic exam on Catherine Zeta-Jones on live TV. Anderson Cooper can assist Sanjay, dressed in his favorite nurse outfit. Inquiring m-m-minds want to KNOW!!

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    Boy... That escelated quickly

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  46. watchawawesay

    Sounds like sometimes we say things in haste we cannot take back. Could there possibly of been another cause?

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  47. magnum12

    Douglas is a dirty old man.

    June 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  48. tracie


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  49. Pro Douglas

    Why should he apologize for educating millions of men about this risk many men (and women) are unaware of? If he were a woman warning other women about HPV, he'd be applauded for it, just like Angelina Jolie, but since men in the eyes of society have no rights to health or health awareness, it is an open playing field against him and men everywhere.

    June 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • wwwthepooh

      Hi Pro Douglas, I agree with you 100000%. We as women know when things aren't right "downtown"....we just know, even if it's as something as common and curable as a yeast infection. The female body is an amazing creature and God has given us "built in" mechanisms to alert us when there is something wrong which protects us and our partnerst...but it's up to us "women" to be very in tune to our bodies and to let our men (who loves "down there" endlessly) know by communicating in all honesty when something's not right. It's what people do when love and respect are present in a union together.

      June 5, 2013 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • I've always wondered...

      When God designed the female body...why did he put the sh!thouse so close to the snackbar?

      June 5, 2013 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
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    hehe.. little too late to back pedal there bud.

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  55. could be the 2:30am comment...

    it was girls night out.

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    more vowels, please

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  60. Zeta isn't feeling well again....she may need to be sent back

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  61. Zeta isn't feeling well again....she may need to sent back

    June 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • anna

      Well before she goes she should dump the filthy dirt bag in the garbage bin.

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    your don't know what your doing or saying....

    June 4, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • no, the korean lady said they heat their old fool...

      I'm pretty sure. her accent was really thick so maybe not.

      June 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Nowayyyyyy

    Don't eat out...Homemade is better

    June 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Brad

    It's true. It's an STI, after all, and it's super common. Nothing to be ashamed of, but his backpedaling most certainly is a result of the stigma, which is really sad. HPV is common, people!

    June 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julia

      That's true. Seventy percent of New Yorkers have herpes. It's just the cost of having a little fun!

      June 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • the middle eastern cabbies call it "hair piece"

      June 4, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie Has Herpes

      Juilie knows this because she's slept with exactly 70% of the 7 million people in new york city.

      So when do you expect to have your full report on the Long Island area completed Julie? Another 70% of that 1.5 million there too?

      Julie you are on busy bee. Busier than WIlt Chamberlain I suppose. WAIT A MINUTE....do YOU know Michael Douglas personally???? hmmmmmmm

      June 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie who? There's no Julie commenting here...

      June 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • nobody has herpes dear.

      another wrong report

      June 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |

    Nice try, PR.

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    Blame global warming!

    June 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Don't click on the link

    June 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |


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  71. Blah blah blah...

    They have a healthy relationship...blah blah...i'm 56 years old...blah blah...they will help my relationship...blah blah blech!

    June 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  72. what i said on the phone was...

    i/myself had a cigarette smoking problem and stopped 15 year ago...that is all i said...do you listen too these calls?

    June 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Monty Python

    And his cigarette smoking habit, for decades....had nothing to do with him getting throat cancer. Riiiggghhhtt.

    June 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • wwwthepooh

      ...or his smoking/nicotine habit my have caused the hpv down there................? The "V" is a very, very sensitive organ

      June 5, 2013 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  74. MikeB

    I always suspected that Catherine Zeta Jones had a killer p.

    June 4, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  75. this topic.

    he did but he did not get the cancer from it.

    June 4, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  76. So did he or didn't he smootch da cootch?

    inquiring minds want to know...

    June 4, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  77. not interested..you should give it a go.

    June 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  78. mr. butt sniffer

    I think Douglas is a closet panty sniffer disguising himself as a coochie raider.

    June 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |

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