Famous actor Ben Stiller decided to make quite a shocking revelation. The famous actor revealed that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer no less than two years ago. The star also revealed that he underwent surgery to overcome this terrible disease.
Ben Stiller opened up about his cancer diagnosis during an interview on Howard Stern Show. The star said that he was diagnosed with “immediately aggressive” prostate cancer. Of course, the famous actor opened up about his own struggle with the purpose to raise awareness of prostate cancer’s symptoms and help other patients get treatment faster to be able to overcome the disease.
Ben urged young people to get tested for prostate cancer as soon as they realize that something may be wrong and even before that. Ben claimed that he was shocked when he found out that he was suffering from the disease. “It came out of the blue for me. I had no idea,” the star revealed.
“At first, I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was scared,” the star said. “As I learned more about my disease, I was able to wrap my head around the fact that I was incredibly fortunate. Fortunate because my cancer was detected early enough to treat. And also because my internist gave me a test he didn’t have to.” He claimed that after his diagnosis, he decided to undergo surgery to remove his prostate.
“Due to a lot of skill and a little beneficence from some higher power, he got all the cancer. As of this writing I am two years cancer free and extremely grateful,” the actor said. Of course, this does not mean that the famous actor is not getting regular testing for the disease. Actually, Ben Stiller revealed that he is still tested to find any possible traces of the disease.
“If [my doctor] had waited, as the American Cancer Society recommends, until I was 50, I would not have known I had a growing tumor until two years after I got treated,” Ben also explained. “If he had followed the US Preventive Services Task Force guidelines, I would have never gotten tested at all, and not have known I had cancer until it was way too late to treat successfully.”