Michael Douglas Reveals He Had Tongue Cancer

The actor admits his battle was not with throat cancer, and why he hid the truth.
2:05 | 10/14/13

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Now the latest from michael douglas, he revealed in 010 he was battling throat cancer. Turns out he wasn't being completely honest. For the first time, he is revealing the truth. Cecelilia vega has the story. Reporter: He had been so candid about his battle with cancer. Sparing almost no details like in this sitdown. I had a sore throat. Got a biopsy. Analyzed it. A stage four. It's intense. Reporter: Fresh off his emmy win for "behind the candleabra" he has a confession. He reveals it with us not throat cancer but tongue cancer. I put the tongue. I saw the look in his eye. I went, oh. Reporter: As part of male cancer awareness week, he spoke with samuel l. Jackson on "this morning." He was about to start promoting his movie when he got the diagnosis. You can't cancer a worldwide european tour. I said, we have to come out. Most people, including producers and studios may not be too happy to hire an actor or actress with a -- tongue cancer. Reporter: He says his doctor told him to lie. You want to know why? If we have to do surgery, it won't be pretty. You lose part of your tongue, your jaw. All that stuff. Reporter: He never did need the surgery. After aggressive radiation and chemotherapy, the 69-year-old says he has a clean bill of health. And with my type of cancer, if you're clean after two years, there's a 95% chance it is not coming back. It's not coming back. Not coming back. Reporter: For "good morning america," cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. We're happy he's doing as well as he is.

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