WATCH: Ben Stiller Says He Is ‘Cancer-Free’ Following Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
On Tuesday morning (Nov. 22, 2016), Stiller said to Matt Lauer, “I’m doing great. I was really fortunate that my course of treatment was basically an operation and that was it.”
Stiller said that taking a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test ended up saving his life given that he didn’t exhibit any symptoms of cancer and that there wasn’t any history of prostate cancer in his family. “It’s a whole new world, so you need to educate yourself — for me, it was learning what the options were,” Stiller told Lauer.
The actor decided to have his prostate removed after is his doctor advised him that men can have difficulty with urination or with their sexual function after receiving treatment for cancer. “It’s not just isolated to surgery,” said the surgeon.
“When you’re confronted with the question of do you want to live or do you want to make sure if your sex life is the best it can be, I opted to get rid of the cancer and see what happens and thankfully everything is cool,” Stiller added before urging male viewers to get tested for prostate cancer regularly.
“If it’s up to me, every guy should go and get tested after the age of 40-45,” said the actor.
Watch Stiller’s interview on Today in the player at the top of the page.