50-year old Emmy-winning actor Ben Stiller revealed during an interview on SiriusXM that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 48.
Stiller, opened up for the first time about his battle with disease on The Howard Stern Show. Luckily, the doctors were able to detect and treat the cancer. The actor told Stern that, he was scared at first because he didn’t make movies because he couldn’t figure what could happen.
The Night at the Museum actor then explained why he decided to finally announce the news , saying: “I wanted to talk about it because of the [PSA] test … I feel like the test saved my life.” PSA Test is used for detecting whether the male patient has prostate cancer by measuring PSA (prostate-specific antigen) in a patient’s blood. PSA is an antigen produced by cancerous and noncancerous tissue in the prostate.
When he first found out his disease, he called his friend Robert De Niro, who is also a prostate cancer survivor. He also broke the news to his children by saying he had “something to deal with” and his children “were cool with it.” Stiller also stated that he is taking PSA test every six months.