Douglas had sensed it was cancer

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas has admitted he had “an inkling” that he had cancer.

The Hollywood legend said the look on his doctor’s face told him all he needed to know.

Michael was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer in 2010, and has opened up in an interview with Samuel L. Jackson as part of a Male Cancer Awareness Week segment on British daytime TV show This Morning.

“I had an inkling… particularly when I saw the look on his face. It kind of all rushes over you, you get a little numb…very numb. I said ‘Stage four?’ That’s where I got a little scared,” he confessed.

After his diagnosis the Basic Instinct actor was advised not to reveal the full extent of his cancer to the press.

The 69-year-old star was just about to embark on a promotional tour for his movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to the 1987 original which bagged Michael the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the ruthless Gordon Gekko.

“This was right before I had to go on a big tour for Wall Street 4 so we kinda said, ‘There’s no way we can cancel the tour and say we don’t feel well… You gotta tell them.’ But the surgeon said, ‘Let’s just say it’s throat cancer.’

“I said ‘OK, you don’t want to say it’s tongue cancer why’s that?’ and he said ‘well, if you really wanna know why, if we do have to have surgery it’s not gonna be pretty. You’ll lose part of your jaw and your tongue and all of that stuff,” Michael explained.

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