In a new interview with The Guardian, Michael Douglas reveals what caused the cancer that nearly killed him three years ago. Turns out, it isn’t the years of smoking and drinking, but rather another recreational activity, this one in the bedroom. In his own words:
Without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus. 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. And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it.
Douglas was diagnosed with stage four oral cancer in August 2010, a result of literally being too generous in bed. He beat the odds and survived, and is now receiving acclaim for his performance as famed pianist Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, opposite Matt Damon.
As for Douglas’ claim that an STD is to blame for his cancer, The Guardian spoke with a London surgeon who confirms the link between human papillomavirus and oral cancer. “It has been established beyond reasonable doubt that the HPV type 16 is the causative agent in oropharyngeal cancer,” Mahesh Kumar said. However the doctor disputed his claims that — in the words of Liberace — too much of a good thing is wonderful. “Maybe he thinks that more exposure to the virus will boost his immune system. But medically, that just doesn’t make sense.”