Navigation Links
Michael Douglas Blames His Throat Cancer on Oral Sex
Date:6/3/2013

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Hollywood star Michael Douglas says oral sex caused his recent bout with throat cancer.

"Without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus," Douglas, 68, told the British newspaper The Guardian. He added that he has had real success beating back the tumor with chemotherapy and, "with this kind of cancer, 95 percent of the time it doesn't come back."

Douglas is also a longtime smoker, and was at one time a heavy drinker -- both behaviors are risk factors for throat cancer. But experts say it's not farfetched to think oral sex may have been a contributing factor.

"This is no surprise to anybody who studies infectious diseases," said Dr. Marc Siegel, an associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City said. "There is a big increase in HPV-related cancers, and one of the main ones, if not the main one, is throat cancer."

Douglas was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and underwent two months of chemotherapy and radiation. He remains cancer-free, but has checkups often to catch any recurrence, he told the paper.

Seigel said most adults are at risk of contracting HPV, and 80 percent of people will test positive for HPV infection within five years of becoming sexually active. The virus is also thought to cause the vast majority of cervical cancers, which is why U.S. health authorities have recommended that boys and girls get inoculated with the HPV vaccine.

Another expert agreed that HPV contracted through oral sex can trigger throat cancer.

"We are living through an HPV epidemic," said Dr. Dennis Kraus, director of the Center for Head and Neck Oncology at North Shore- LIJ Cancer Institute in Lake Success, N.Y. "We used to think of throat and neck cancer as a disease of smokers and drinkers," he said, but the demographics have changed and it's increasingly become a sexually contracted disease.

The good news is that there is an 80 percent treatment response rate for this type of cancer, Siegel noted.

"It's much more responsive than any other throat cancer. If the cancer is due to smoking or alcohol, the ballgame is over practically. This is very responsive, which is why I'm not surprised to see that he's cured," Siegel said.

If a woman has HPV, then having oral sex is also a risk for infection, Siegel said. "It's most likely transmitted from females to males," Kraus noted.

Douglas also told The Guardian that oral sex was a cure for his cancer, something Siegel considers humorous. "Saying that oral sex is also the 'cure' is a joke," Seigel said. "He is trying to tell you about courage in the face of illness."

Although the evidence for preventing throat cancer by getting vaccinated for HPV isn't clear, Siegel believes that every boy 15 and older should get vaccinated before he becomes sexually active.

Kraus agreed that both boys and girls should be vaccinated against HPV, but he added that there's not enough data to know how much vaccination might help when it comes to throat cancer. "This is a cancer associated with HPV," he said. "The question is whether vaccination will change the face of this disease -- that's not clear."

More information

For more information on throat cancer, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Dennis Kraus, M.D., director, Center for Head and Neck Oncology, North Shore- LIJ Cancer Institute, Lake Success, N.Y.; Marc Siegel, M.D., associate professor of medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City; June 3, 2013, The Guardian


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Michael Bublé Tickets in Kansas City, Dallas, San Antonio, New Orleans, Nashville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa and Sunrise Officially Go Onsale May 31st
2. Retired NFL Kicker and National Camp Series (NCS) Founder Michael Husted Joins Kicking For The Dream’s Effort to Fight Ovarian Cancer
3. Michael Buble Chicago Tickets: Michael Buble Tickets at the United Center Officially Go Onsale to the Public at 10:00 a.m. Local Time Friday, May 17, 2013
4. Michael Buble Tickets Pittsburgh - Consol Energy Center Go on Sale Friday, May 17th at 10:00 a.m. Local Time
5. Ohio Car Accident News: Wright & Schulte LLP Partner, Michael Wright, Representing Young Men Injured in Auto Accident with Ohio State Trooper
6. Michael Kappes Joins ResortQuest Real Estate®
7. Cleveland LASIK and Cataract Surgeon Dr Michael Rom Speaks in Israel
8. De Caro and Kaplen Brain Injury Attorney Michael V. Kaplen Named Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
9. Actors, Models & Talent for Christ Graduate, Charles Michael Davis in Grey’s Anatomy and Big Screen Movie Another Stateside
10. De Caro & Kaplen, LLP Attorney Michael V. Kaplen to Lecture on Brain Trauma at the American Association of Justice Annual Meeting
11. Michael Thompson Joins Medstreaming as Chief Operating Officer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Michael Douglas Blames His Throat Cancer on Oral Sex
(Date:12/11/2016)... PA (PRWEB) , ... December 11, 2016 , ... It’s ... nasal allergies that flare up. Tired of the sneezing, watery eyes and general discomfort ... solve this problem. , He then created a prototype of the patent-pending CLEAN AIR ...
(Date:12/10/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... Even with breast cancer cited ... in recent years. This can be attributed to the improvement in breast cancer ... distributed. In response, Mediaplanet’s latest, cross-platform edition of “Breast Cancer Care” spotlights the ...
(Date:12/10/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 10, 2016 , ... ... presence in Harrisburg. PATS recently joined forces with other healthcare organizations to ... the State Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, featured a variety of speakers from around ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... MD (PRWEB) , ... December 09, 2016 , ... ... for counseling and aural rehabilitation—provided by audiologists—to remain a critical part of public ... Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that, starting immediately, ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... - Cincinnati, Ohio (PRWEB) , ... December 09, ... ... the production of miniature, folded, pharmaceutical inserts and outserts. As a means ... Device. This addition will enable Flottman to individually code professional inserts (PIs) ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/9/2016)... DIEGO , Dec. 9, 2016  Forge ... Evotec AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX, ISIN: ... targeting ,LpxC, for the treatment of bacterial infections ... has been recognized as an attractive antibacterial target ... a lack of suitable chemical starting points has ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... 2016  The global biosurgery market is expected to ... period of 2016 to 2021. The market is poised ... 18.21 billion in 2016. The market is primarily driven ... related injuries and spinal problems, increasing clearance of biosurgery ... blood loss management. In this report, the ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Allergy Diagnostics Market: Scope and Methodology ... are used to determine the presence of allergens ... etc. in the samples by determining the presence ... report on global allergy diagnostics market, analyzes the ... report consists of an executive summary that provides ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: