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Michael Douglas makes a startling admission about his throat cancer in a new interview, saying his battle with the disease was caused by oral sex.

Asked if he regretted drinking and smoking for years prior to his 2010 diagnosis, Douglas tells The Guardian, “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,” says the Behind the Candelabrastar, “but yeah, it’s a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer.”

Douglas went on to joke, “And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it.”

Studies in recent years have, in fact, shown an increased link between oral sex and cancer, particularly among men, who aren’t usually vaccinated against HPV.

Douglas is now cancer-free.