Ben Stiller has spoken about being diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago.
Speaking on the Howard Stern Show, the actor revealed that he was diagnosed with “immediately aggressive” prostate cancer, which he has since had surgery to treat. Stiller confirmed that he is currently cancer-free but still undergoes regular tests.
“It came out of the blue for me. I had no idea,” Stiller said. “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.”
Stiller said that he wanted to go public with the news to encourage others to take PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) tests. “I wanted to talk about it because of the [PSA] test… I feel like the test saved my life,” he said.
“It’s the second most deadly cancer, but it’s about one of the most curable,” Stiller went on to explain.
Stiller’s recent movies include roles in Zoolander 2 and While We’re Young.