Ben Stiller has spoken further about his 2014 cancer diagnosis, confirming that he is now “cancer-free.”
The Zoolander actor was diagnosed with “immediately aggressive” prostate cancer in June 2014. Stiller was 48 at the time, and though he exhibited no symptoms nor had any family history of the disease, he had to undergo surgery to remove his prostate. He has been given the all-clear, but still undergoes regular checks.
Appearing on NBC’s TODAY programme, Stiller said he’s “really fortunate” to be “cancer-free.”
“It’s a whole new world, so you need to educate yourself. For me, it was learning what the options were,” Stiller said. “I’m doing great. I was really fortunate that my course of treatment was basically an operation and that was it.”
Speaking about the side effects of the surgery, Stiller said “he’s all good.”
“It’s a real thing, but when you’re confronted with the question of, ‘Hey, do you want to live or do you want to make sure your sex life is the best it can be?’ I opted for wanting to get rid of the cancer and see what happens, and luckily everything is cool,” he said.
Watch the full interview below.
Appearing alongside Stiller was his surgeon, Dr. Edward Schaeffer, who encouraged men to get regular checks.
“The best and most important step for individual men is to discuss whether or not they should get testing for prostate dancer with their doctor,” he said. “It’s a personal decision”