Actor Ben Stiller was diagnosed with “immediately aggressive” prostate cancer two years ago at age 48, he revealed this week.
“It came out of the blue for me,” Stiller said on Howard Stern’s radio show. “I had no idea. At first, I didn’t know what was gonna happen. I was scared. It just stopped everything in your life because you can’t plan a movie because you don’t know what’s gonna happen.”
Stiller says he went to see a urologist who delivered the devastating news. From there, he went on to see different doctors. He essentially elected to have his prostate removed and his health is now fine.
“It’s the second most deadly cancer, but it’s about one of the most curable,” Stiller said.
He’s talking about his experience with the prostate-specific antigen test. “I feel like the test saved my life,” he said.
“Afterwards, it just gives you an appreciation for life,” the actor added. “Every six months I’m taking my PSA test to make sure I’m clear.”