Monday, June 3, 2013

Is He Confessing or Bragging?

Michael Douglas – the star of Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction – has revealed that his throat cancer was apparently caused by performing oral sex.

In a surprisingly frank interview with the Guardian, the actor, now winning plaudits in the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, explained the background to a condition that was thought to be nearly fatal when diagnosed three years ago. Asked whether he now regretted his years of smoking and drinking, usually thought to be the cause of the disease, 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."
While it's is true that oral sex can pass the HPV virus on, and the virus can and does cause oral cancers, the link is by no means as certain as he claims, and even with the presence of HPV, smoking and alcohol could certainly be the triggers that set off the disease.
Douglas, the husband of Catherine Zeta Jones, 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. And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it."
Umm, no, it would not be the best cure.  Recurring exposure to the virus would not do anything to cause remission of the cancer, nor would the exercise itself, while perhaps a pleasant pastime, would not have any effect either.  Although it's easy to see why he might want to convince himself of that.

I do have to ponder what the Welsh Wonder, Catherine Zeta Jone, thinks about all this...

Wombat-Socho's Rule 5 Sunday at the Other McCain came on Monday this week. 

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