Actor Michael Douglas has undergone significant changes in his appearance, which many attribute to his advancing age. However, the Spanish publication Marca notes that the speed of this change is astonishing, especially after Douglas’s trip to France in 2022.
During the trip, he was diagnosed with a walnut-sized tumor at the base of his tongue that required immediate, severe treatment. The actor underwent eight weeks of radiation therapy and chemotherapy, which caused him to lose 45 pounds and look vastly different from his previous appearance.
Thankfully, the treatment was successful, and Douglas was pronounced cancer-free in 2011. He initially blamed his tongue cancer on anxiety, alcohol abuse, and tobacco use, but in a 2013 interview, he surprised many by blaming it on his oral sex activities, specifically mentioning the human papillomavirus (HPV) as a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer.
After the interview, Douglas’s representative clarified that the actor was referring to HPV in general and not his own diagnosis. Although Douglas has kept himself in good shape after his cancer treatment, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on his health. He experienced a loss of energy, memory loss, and difficulties recalling things throughout the pandemic.
Despite his passion for smoking cannabis, which some have assumed to be the cause of his memory lapses, Douglas insists that it is not to blame. He is looking into the cause of his memory loss and hopes to find a solution soon.