When Michael Douglas was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer, he didn't have much choice about keeping it private, according to an interview the actor gave to Parade magazine.
"Not going public with having cancer was not much of an option, even if I had objected," Douglas said. "When you are a celebrity, nothing remains secret for very long.
"If it helps bring attention, then that is a major upside to this whole thing. Millions of families are going through the same thing my family and I are now going through. If I can bring any relief or encouragement, that's the good news."
As for his prognosis, Douglas told the magazine that he's keeping a good attitude. "Life is not all ha-ha-ha. But I'm in good spirits. I'm an optimistic guy. Nothing has deterred me from my belief that I am going to beat this. My doctors' prognosis is for a full recovery. I have no reason to doubt them."
Douglas' interview appears in the Sept. 19 issue of Parade. For an appreciation of the actor's life and career, check out our slideshow.