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Michael Douglas did not say he developed throat cancer because of a HPV infection, his publicist has said.

Michael Douglas, 68, who was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, was quoted as telling The Guardian his strain of cancer had been caused by HPV (human papillomavirus).

But in a statement Michael Douglas’ spokesman sought to clarify that the actor was not talking about his own cancer.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says HPV can cause cancer of the head and neck.

In his statement on Monday, Allen Burry said: “No. He [Michael Douglas] did not say oral s** was the cause of his cancer.”

The publicist referred to medical evidence linking oral s** to head neck cancer, adding “but [Michael Douglas] did not say it was the cause to his specific cancer”.

Michael Douglas was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010

Michael Douglas was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010

The Guardian stood by its story, releasing audio of the interview.

In the newspaper’s article on Sunday, Michael Douglas was asked if, given his illness, he regretted his years of smoking and drinking.

Michael Douglas was quoted as saying: “No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV, which actually comes about from cunni***gus.”

The actor continued: “I did worry if the stress caused by my son’s incarceration didn’t help trigger it. But yeah, it’s a s**ually transmitted disease that causes cancer.”

Michael Douglas’ illness is now in remission, following treatment.

His son, Cameron, is serving a prison sentence for d**g possession and dealing.

Michael Douglas, who is married to Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, was treated in the early 1990s for an addiction which some at the time claimed to be s**.

Michael Douglas himself denied this and said he was in rehab for alcohol abuse.


Human papilloma virus (HPV) is spread through s**ual contact and is more usually associated with cervical cancer in women.

It is the most commonly s**ually transmitted infection in the U.S.

HPV can be passed between men and women by genital contact, most often during vaginal and anal s**.

It may also be passed on during oral s** and genital-to-genital contact. It can be passed on between straight and same-s** partners – even when the infected person has no signs or symptoms.

The cervical cancer jab given to 12 and 13-year-old schoolgirls aims to cut their odds of the cancer by protecting them against the virus.

Although most mouth and throat cancers are normally blamed on drinking and smoking an increasing number of cases that occur around the tonsils and back of the tongue are due to HPV.

HPV infection is more usually associated with cervical cancer in women

HPV infection is more usually associated with cervical cancer in women

Although the cancer is not contagious, the virus is.

In the US, HPV is blamed for up to 80% of these tumors of the tonsils and the back of the tongue, which experts say could be due to increasing popularity of oral s**.

The typical patient is described as an otherwise healthy man in his late 40s or early 50s who has never smoked or smoked very little.

Symptoms include persistent mouth ulcers, pain, discolored patches and difficulty chewing and swallowing.

Men are advised to check their neck for lumps when shaving and both men and women to look at the back of their throat while brushing their teeth.

Treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery are often more successful in mouth and throat cancers caused by the virus than those caused by tobacco and alcohol.