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Ben Stiller Shares Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Last week, 50-year-old actor Ben Stiller shared on “The Howard Stern Show” that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago according to a story posted on US Magazine Online.

 

On Stern’s Sirius XM radio show, Stiller told the host that the diagnosis was completely unexpected but luckily his doctor was able to detect the cancer early. He was diagnosed using a prostate-specific antigen test (PSA test) which is a blood test used to screen for prostate cancer. Stiller talks about how lucky he was that his doctor decided to give him that PSA test at 48-years-old. The American Cancer Society recommends that the PSA test be done at regular intervals for men starting when they are 50-years-old. He also had no symptoms, or any other reason to suspect that he may have prostate cancer. If he had waited until the baseline age of 50, then it is possible that he would have had a tumor and a much more serious situation than the one he was facing at 48-years-old.

 

After further testing, Stiller had a surgery called a laparoscopic radical prostatectomy to remove any cancerous tissue. Two years later and he is now cancer free. While speaking to Stern, Stiller urges others to seriously consider getting the PSA test saying that the test had saved his life. He urges that the best way to beat cancer is to detect it early.