During an interview on The Howard Stern Show, Ben Stiller revealed that he was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer two years ago at the age of 48.
The cancer was detected early, and was treatable as a result. Ben talked about the importance of sharing the news and the hopes that it will influence more people to get checked with the simple PSA blood test. “I wanted to talk about it because of the [PSA] test … I feel like the test saved my life. It’s the second most deadly cancer, but it’s also one of the most survived cancers, if it’s detected early.” Stiller described the shock after the diagnosis. “It came out of the blue for me. 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 for a movie because you don’t know what’s gonna happen.”
“Afterwards, it just gives you an appreciation for life,” he told Stern. “Every six months I’m taking my PSA test to make sure I’m clear.”