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Michael Douglas: Did infidelity cause his throat cancer?

Actor Michael Douglas believes that HPV, or the human papillomavirus, may have caused his stage-four throat cancer. Which leave the question, if he has it, when did he contract this sexually transmitted disease?

Actor Michael Douglas attends the 'Behind The Candelabra' premiere during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Theatre Lumiere on May 21, 2013 in Cannes, France.
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The 68-year-old actor is married to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones for 13 years. Could his cancer be a result of infidelity?

Although Douglas did not get into the length of time he may have had the virus, he does have a theory about what triggered his cancer.

I did worry if the stress caused by my son's incarceration didn't help trigger it. Buy yeah, it's a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer.

Cameron Douglas, Michael's son from a previous marriage, is serving a 10 year prison term for drug charges.

Douglas' rep says that the star "did not say this was the cause of his cancer... he said this was one of the suspected causes. He never made it personal."

Although he didn't come out and acknowledge he had the disease himself, he seemed convinced his years of smoking and driving didn't cause his throat cancer. Douglas stated "this particular cancer is caused by HPV."

Douglas' statement definitely leaves fans wondering if there was possible infidelity in his marriage.

To treat his cancer, Michael endured an intensive eight-week regimen of chemotherapy and radiation. Today his is cancer-free and Douglas acknowledges that "95 percent of the time [this] cancer doesn't come back."


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