Actor Ben Stiller battled prostate cancer two years ago, but kept it a secret until Tuesday morning.
On "The Howard Stern Show,” Ben revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 48. He shared, "It came out of the blue for me. I had no idea.”
During a physical, his doctors performed a prostate-specific antigen test, which revealed that his levels were high. He took the test again six months later and the levels had increased. He said, "After the second time, I started to get a little worried."
After his diagnosis, he made the decision to have his prostate removed. "At first, I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was scared. The one thing that it does is it just stops everything in your life when you get diagnosed with cancer because you can’t plan for a movie – you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
As for why he is now speaking out, Stiller explained, "If I hadn’t gotten the test – my doctor started giving it to me at 46 – I still wouldn’t know. I wanted to talk about it because of the test, because I feel like the test saved my life.”
"The controversy about the test is that once you get treatment for prostate cancer, things can happen: incontinence, impotence… It’s the second most deadly cancer, but it’s also one of the most survived cancers, if it’s detected early,” Ben continued.