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Cancer cause 'not sex': Douglas rep

Michael Douglas representative has said the actor doesn't blame his throat cancer on oral sex.

The Guardian newspaper published an interview in which Douglas attributed his illness to the HPV virus from oral sex.

When asked about his cancer, Douglas said "without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV (human papillomavirus)... it's a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer."

But spokesman Allen Burry has said Douglas never said that was the cause of his cancer. He said Douglas was discussing what causes oral cancer during the interview.

Health officials say smoking and alcohol are the main causes of oral cancer. The human papillomavirus, however, has been linked to one kind of throat cancer.

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