Actor and comedian Ben Stiller has revealed that he was recently diagnosed and successfully treated for prostate cancer.
Stiller, known for his comedic roles in films such as There’s Something About Mary, Zoolander, and Tropic Thunder, made the announcement on The Howard Stern Show earlier today and said that he was diagnosed two years ago after receiving some atypical results from a yearly physical.
“If I hadn’t gotten the test, my doctor started giving it to me at 46, I still wouldn’t know,” the 50 year old Stiller said. “I wanted to talk about it because of the test, because I feel like the test saved my life.”
Stiller’s physician discovered the cancer using the Prostate Specific Anigen (PSA) test, a blood test that measures the amount of a type of protein created by cells in the prostate in a person’s body. Elevated PSA levels are often an indication of prostate cancer.
“The controversy about the test is that once you get treatment for prostate cancer, things can happen: incontenence, impotence,” Stiller continued. “It’s the second most deadly cancer, but it’s also one of the most survived cancers, if it’s detected early.”
For context, the Center For Disease Control reports that 176,450 American men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013—the most recent year in which data is available. Of those diagnosed, 27,681 died as a result.
(Via: The Wrap)