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Michael Douglas: Throat Cancer from Booze & Butts

by | Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Celebrity News, Latest News

Home Addiction Michael Douglas: Throat Cancer from Booze & Butts

douglas-with-cigarette1Oscar Winner Michael Douglas effortlessly exuded sheen style sipping expensive whiskey in his 1997 thriller The Game. Viewers glamorized his ambition in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps that he debonairly portrayed in between drags of imported cigars. Behind the scenes he admitted to smoking more cigarettes than usual during One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a way to destress during production of an Academy-Award winning film. No doubt Douglas’ vices bypassed routine scrutiny based on time and circumstance; fit to center in Hollywood.
With the combination of Michael’s diagnosis and phenomenon of hindsight 20/20, we wonder if he weighed the health risks against the fame and expected glory, and considered the pay-off worth the risk? Is physical deterioration no doubt a byproduct of a career path riddled with unhealthy temptations like drinking and smoking, or attributable to poor personal choices? “I found out about three weeks ago. It’s throat cancer. This particular type of cancer is caused by alcohol and drinking,” the Daily Express quoted the ‘Wall Street’ star as saying in The Late Show with David Letterman.
Several tobacco-related blogs emphasize that Douglas throat cancer was brought on by stress. I’d like to stick by Douglas’ word, as he himself illustrates the cause and effect between carcinogenic substance and subsequent malignant carcinoma in his throat. I give him props for announcing his condition without trying to shift blame from himself onto another entity. I wonder if the small bubbles of tension he popped via each Marlboro are chipping away at his current sense of peace. Or whether or not he’s able to maintain zen and move forward knowing that he did what he thought was best to reduce stress at the time; there’s nothing he can do to change the past; it is what it is; good riddance, regret and remorse.
Regardless, we wish him well throughout his recovery, knowing full-well the debilitating effects the next eight weeks of chemotherapy and radiation will undoubtedly wreak on his body. With the support of his wife and family, hopefully he will bounce back quickly.