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Michael Douglas said oral sex caused his throat cancer

Michael Douglas told the Guardian newspaper recently that his throat cancer was caused by the HPV virus that he contracted performing oral sex over the years.

The actor's admission brings attention to a health problem more doctors are seeing. HPV, which is widely known to cause cervical cancer in women, is also causing cancer in men as well.

Dr. Kevin J. Cullen, an oncologist who specializes in treating head and neck cancers, recently spoke to The Sun about the growing number of HPV-related cancers doctors are seeing in men. Cullen, the director of the University of Maryland's Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, said there are precautions that can be taken.

See what he has to say here.

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