Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2014. Internet media claimed that oral sex was the main reason of Bruce’s tongue cancer.

During the recent interview with Syöpäjärjestöt from Finland, Bruce Dickinson talked about the connection of his cancer and oral sex. He said:

“It’s silly why there’s such a stigma about it. Because if [someone asked you], ‘What cancer did you get?’ if you said, ‘I’ve got squamous cell carcinoma,’ people go, ‘Oh, what’s that?’ And you say, ‘It’s cervical cancer.’ ‘Oh, it’s the same thing.’ ‘Yup. So I’ve got cervical cancer of the throat.’ There you go. ‘Cause the cells are the same.”

If a woman gets cervical cancer — which is a terrible thing — but if a woman did get cervical cancer, nobody goes around saying, ‘Aha! It’s because you are a woman and you are a bad person,’ or, ‘You were naughty,’ or, ‘You are having sex.’ Duh! It’s what people do. Otherwise the human race would be extinct.

So it’s kind of hypocritical of the press — certain elements in the press — to go on about it. They’re like kind of pathetic schoolboys. ‘Oral sex? Uhhh.’ It’s pathetic. Probably 80 percent of the human race has been exposed to human papillomavirus.

And what everybody should be doing is saying, how can we find out more about why, first of all, it can cause cancers in some people and not in others?; why in men over 40 suddenly there’s an epidemic; and why there’s no test in men — simple, easy test, like the smear test in women.”

Watch the entire interview from below.