On-screen character Ben Stiller uncovered on Tuesday that he was determined to have prostate cancer two years back and was effectively treated for it. The 50-year-old comedian and filmmaker producer told media that he was fortunate to now be without cancer as the disease was analyzed sufficiently early on account of a screening test.
Mr Stiller said he was talking openly about it without precedent for the desire that men would get tried for the illness – through what is known as a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test – sooner than the standard age of 50.
“It’s a very controversial subject, the PSA test,” said the Zoolander star, who was accompanied on the radio show by his physician.
“If I hadn’t taken the test – my doctor started giving it to me at 46 – I would not have known. Right now, I still wouldn’t have known,” he said.
He said the first thing he did after being diagnosed with cancer at age 48, when his PSA levels rose, was to go on the internet to learn about the illness and others – like fellow actor Robert De Niro – who had it.
Mr Stiller said Robert De Niro put him in touch with his doctor and he ended up having successful surgery.Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States, affecting one in seven men, according to the American Cancer Society.