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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OMG...just the thought of Michael Douglas going down on CZ-J has give me brain cancer!
I know - I'd give $100 to trade places with him. Mmm mmm! That's good eatin'!
ffejay is really funny...see why can't you show me yucky pictures and tell me dirty jokes like he does...
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!
Doesn't his foot know what that mouth has been? Eeeeeeewwwww...!
YOU FAT HACKING, COMPUTER CRUSHING, ACCOUNT STEALING, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER STEALING
FILE STORING, MOTORED IN BEETCH....
2. looking at me right now with girlfriends
I clicked on this link and got HPV from his wife...I need a good lawyer....sorry, mutually exclusive statement
CALL ME WITH THE INFO THANKS
My wife's V Jay-Jay gave me cancer. Zeta-Jones will need extra time in her mental health rehab clinic.
not just with females Mike – come clean
i would like some hair pie with that fur burger.
enjoy that fur burger with the works.
Talk about putting one's foot in their mouth, sheesh.
douglas and elton john would make a great pair.
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...
OMG! You people are killing me with these comments.....keep them coming.
Maybe he went into FULL BLOWN character for this role and got oral cancer.
we will show parents stuff too ceo if we have too...
----Are we to conclude that Michael has never eaten at the Y ever since he's become dog less !!
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...
I would like to know did Micheal Douglas engage in mutiple partner or did he get this from girlfreind ,wife Or he dont know. .
Then don't click on the link next time.
he has become a poster boy for his eating habits.
Coulda got sand in his teeth from gnawing the cootch.
Hey Michael, say hi to "Stinky" and don't forget to wash your hands, mouthwash is good too ...
Smell my finger.
Hey man, smell your own, since you pulled out of your own ...
Hey Michael, say hi to "Stinky" ...
He is a giver, nonetheless...
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!
My thoughts exactly!
Why would he publicly say that his wife's goodies are tainted unless he had a hidden agenda?
how does one have the weapon when nada is going on....there are no weapons
"I think I'm getting throat Cancer". Best pickup line ever.
brain is not fried.
Where is Catherine getting treatment for that disgusting mess she's got going on?
The radiation treatments must have fried his brain a little.
MICHAEL AND ZETA ARE GOING OUT...
MICHAEL AND M ZETA ARE GOING OUT VERY SOON TO DISCUSS WHAT IS NEXT
He clarified it...so now we all know how much trouble he got into for saying it....LOL. I know Zeta Jones was maaaaad!!!
DAZ Y YOU
This is why he prefers Matt Damon instead
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!!
Boy... That escelated quickly
Sounds like sometimes we say things in haste we cannot take back. Could there possibly of been another cause?
Douglas is a dirty old man.
Correction – RICH dirty old man.
OK I TOLD EVERYBODY HERE YESTERDAY THAT YOU CAN'T GET CANCER IF YOU EAT MY POOP SHOOT! CONFIRMED!
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.
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.
When God designed the female body...why did he put the sh!thouse so close to the snackbar?
hehe.. little too late to back pedal there bud.
Well...Matt Damon got as close as you can to a taste of Zeta....he did say She train Mike well.
it was the smell that knocked him cold.
Blame it on Liberace.
it was girls night out.
eye watch girl
then man is HOT
Must be he is running a fever..........
The man is hot? really ...you sounds desperate really ! ewhhhhh
more vowels, please
SHE SAID MR. LEE ONLY EATS HOMEMADE KOREAN FOOD......
Well before she goes she should dump the filthy dirt bag in the garbage bin.
i would never undress her no way.
use lots of vowels in the blog headers
your don't know what your doing or saying....
I'm pretty sure. her accent was really thick so maybe not.
Don't eat out...Homemade is better
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!
That's true. Seventy percent of New Yorkers have herpes. It's just the cost of having a little fun!
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
another wrong report
Nice try, PR.
Blame global warming!
IT'S (a) BUSH'S FAULT!!!
They have a healthy relationship...blah blah...i'm 56 years old...blah blah...they will help my relationship...blah blah blech!
Then don't click on the link next time.
i/myself had a cigarette smoking problem and stopped 15 year ago...that is all i said...do you listen too these calls?
And his cigarette smoking habit, for decades....had nothing to do with him getting throat cancer. Riiiggghhhtt.
...or his smoking/nicotine habit my have caused the hpv down there................? The "V" is a very, very sensitive organ
I always suspected that Catherine Zeta Jones had a killer p.
he did but he did not get the cancer from it.
inquiring minds want to know...