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:4/28/2016)... ... April 28, 2016 , ... Cosmetic Town, an online plastic surgery community, ... forum section was recently revamped and upgraded to allow even more interaction between doctors ... the country. , According to the senior editor of Cosmetic Town, “We are excited ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... ... April 28, 2016 , ... Horizon ... collaborating with doctors and hospitals to make transformative changes in how health care ... therapy minds this week in discussing breakthroughs in cellular medicine to treat disease. ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... April 28, 2016 , ... USA Medical Card reminds us that May ... (CDC), a stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States; someone ... almost a quarter of them in individuals under 65 years old. A stroke is ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... PA (PRWEB) , ... April 28, 2016 , ... ... Browne, M.D. has been named a Top Doc in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation ... conjunction with Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. by randomly surveying physicians and medical leadership ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... ... April 28, 2016 , ... Denise McCormick Baich had written poetry dating back to her ... again much like a tsunami and took on a more spiritual tone. The desire to ... to do more with it than just file it away. Friends would ask her how ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... 2016 Im ... Zürich gab Strekin AG den Start einer ... Erhaltung des Resthörvermögens von Patienten, denen ein ... umfassende Phase-II-Doppelblindstudie mit Placebo-Kontrollgruppe werden momentan Patienten ... während der Operation direkt ins Mittelohr verabreicht. ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... PARIS , April 27, 2016 ... Year-Over-Year Including 42% Growth in Recurring Consumable Sales  ... Mauna Kea Technologies (Euronext: MKEA, OTCQX: MKEAY) ... today announced its sales for the first quarter ended ... business and the execution of its commercial strategy. ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... April 27, 2016 Transparency Market ... Devices Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, ... report, the global skincare devices market was valued at ... expand at a CAGR of 10.1% from 2015 to ... Browse the full Skincare Devices Market (Treatment Device - ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: