Michael Douglas tells The Guardian that oral sex caused his throat cancer, or did it?

In a recent interview, Michael Douglas confirms that his oral cancer was caused by oral sex.

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UPDATED AUG. 29: Did his admission of throat cancer caused by oral sex lead to Michael Douglas' recent separation from Catherine Zeta-Jones? It may be one of the contributing factors. The couple has recently been "spending time apart." Read more at eonline.com.

UPDATE: In an about face, Michael Douglas' rep told huffingtonpost.com that the star's throat cancer was not really caused by oral sex.

Who are you going to believe — the actor, who may be trying to help a few people avoid what he went through, or his public relations image machine/spokesperson?

The article states: "Michael Douglas' spokesman Allen Burry has released a statement explaining that the actor was just saying that oral sex can cause cancer, not that it necessarily led to his diagnosis. 'In a discussion with the newspaper, they talked about the causes of oral cancer, one of which was oral sex, which is noted and has been known for a while now,' Burry said."

Visit huffingtonpost.com for the update.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Michael Douglas denies that his heavy use of tobacco and alcohol caused his throat cancer, which was idenitified through a walnut-sized tumor on the base of his tongue. He confirms, instead, "without going into too much detail," that his cancer was caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), which was contracted through oral sex, he says.

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You may remember how frail Michael Douglas looked a few years ago after undergoing an intense, eight-week long chemotherapy treatment. After losing 45 pounds from a liquid-only diet, Douglas was "very weak," he says. Now, however, the cancer is gone, and he is confident that it won't return.

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