Ben Stiller Shares His Battle with Prostate Cancer
Ben Stiller revealed a very personal subject matter — his diagnosis with prostate cancer.
Earlier today (Oct. 04, 2016) Stiller shared the story of his battle with the disease, which began two years ago, on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show.
“It came out of the blue for me. I had no idea,” Stiller revealed to Howard Stern. “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.”
The PSA test (prostate-specific antigen test) that Stiller describes is a blood test used to discover prostate cancer in men.
“It’s the second most deadly cancer,” Stiller explains to Stern. “But it’s about one of the most curable.”
After Stiller found out about his diagnosis, he didn’t hesitate to reach out to Robert De Niro after he discovered on the Internet that the actor had prostate cancer many years ago. Stiller made sure to call De Niro “right away.” Also, he quickly shared the news with his two children and wife, fellow actress, Christine Taylor.
“I told them I had something I had to deal with,” he says on sharing the news with his family. “They were pretty cool with it.”
Stiller discussed his battle with prostate cancer in more detail in an essay he penned for Medium titled “The Prostate Cancer Test That Saved My Life.” In the essay, he explains how prostate cancer is “a complicated issue, and an evolving one.”
“In this imperfect world, I believe the best way to determine a course of action for the most treatable, yet deadly cancer, is to detect it early,” he writes.
Despite his previous struggle with prostate cancer, he now has a positive outlook on his experience from such an important time in his life.
“Afterwards, it just gives you an appreciation for life,” he shared with Stern. “Every six months I’m taking my PSA test to make sure I’m clear.”
We know it wasn’t easy, but we are happy that he decided to share his experience. Good for you, Ben!
To learn Ben Stiller’s full story, read more about it in his essay “The Prostate Cancer Test That Saved My Life” on Medium.