Ben Stiller Reveals Scary Cancer Diagnosis
“[The diagnosis] came out of the blue for me,” said Stiller, who appeared on the show with his surgeon by his side. “I had no idea.”
Stiller, now 50, had a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test done, followed by an MRI and then a biopsy before he was diagnosed with cancer that June and discovered he had a tumor growing for five years prior.
Like many, he took to the internet following the unfortunate news and found that his Meet the Parents co-star Robert De Niro also had the disease and gave him a call for guidance.
After some shopping around for the right doctor, which included De Niro’s physician, Stiller connected with his now-surgeon and had his prostate removed two months after his diagnosis.
The morning of the surgery was “really scary” for Stiller and he told his children, ages 9 and 12, he had something he “needed to deal with,” briefly mentioning cancer but not aiming to worry them.
The surgery was successful for Stiller and he now appreciates life “100 percent” more as he said on the show.
Stiller still gets checked for traces of the cancer twice a year and urges others to get tested in their youth just to be safe since the doctors told him he was lucky to have caught the disease at an early stage or matters could have been a lot worse.
If concerned, he wrote up an easy-to-read essay with useful links and information regarding the disease – the most common cancer among men.
In the meantime, Mr. Zoolander is on the way to Montreal to start a new film after wrapping a new movie with Adam Sandler directed by Noah Baumbach.