Michael Douglas was honored by the American Cancer Society Monday night only one day after he told The Guardian that his throat cancer was caused by performing oral sex on women.
Douglas received the inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Memorial Award as the organization celebrated its 100th birthday.
When asked by the Guardian whether he was sorry for smoking and drinking for years not that he had fought cancer, Douglas replied, “No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], 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.”
Douglas seemingly joked, “And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it.”
Allen Burry, the spokesman for Douglas, said the star never said that HPV was responsible for his cancer; he was only speaking of what causes oral cancer during the interview.
Douglas found out about his stage 4 cancer in 2010, when a doctor discovered a walnut-sized tumor on his tongue. He underwent chemotherapy and radiation, which burned his palate, and he lost 45 pounds on a liquid-only diet. He is clear from cancer now, but has a check-up every 6 months, and is confident, saying, “With this kind of cancer, 95 percent of the time it doesn’t come back.”