(USA TODAY) -- Michael Douglas says in an interview with The Guardian
newspaper that throat cancer, as he battled in 2010, can be caused by
performing oral sex on women who have a sexually-transmitted disease.
being widely reported that the story went on to say Douglas' cancer had
been caused because he contracted the human papillomavirus (HPV).
But now, Douglas' longtime rep, Allen Burry, tells USA TODAY's Lorena
Blas that although the headline on the Guardian story is "Michael
Douglas: Oral Sex caused my cancer," that's not what the actor said.
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."
Douglas, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2010, said at the time that drinking and smoking were culprits of his throat cancer.
actor, 68, has been free of cancer for more than two years after
receiving extensive chemotherapy and has returned to acting.
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whether he now regretted his years of smoking and drinking, Douglas
replied in the article: "No. Because without wanting to get too
specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV, which actually comes
about from cunnilingus."
Douglas, who has been married to
Catherine Zeta-Jones since 2000, continued: "I did worry if the stress
caused by my son's incarceration didn't help trigger it. But yeah, it's a
sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer."