Douglas: ‘Cigarettes And Alcohol Caused My Cancer’

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September 1, 2010 | 10:55am EST

Michael Douglas has blamed years of drinking and smoking for causing his throat cancer, conceding the “stress” of the last year may also have played a part in his health struggle.

The Hollywood actor was diagnosed with a tumour in his throat last month and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment in a bid to beat the deadly disease.

Douglas opened up about his cancer battle in an interview on America’s Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night, admitting his lifestyle choices probably played a part in his illness.

The 65 year old also believes the personal crises he has endured over the last few months may have been a contributing factor.

He says, “I smoked cigarettes and I drank (alcohol) and this particular type of cancer is caused by alcohol… (but) it’s been a long year and I do think this is stress related.”

Douglas’ son Cameron was jailed in April on drugs charges, and the actor is currently locked in a legal battle with his ex-wife over his salary from the upcoming Wall Street sequel.