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Ben Stiller said prostate cancer 'came out of the blue' but was detected and treated early

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Ben Stiller said in an interview on The Howard Stern Show he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

It just stopped everything in your life because you can't plan for a movie because you don't know what's gonna happen.
Ben Stiller

Stiller, now 50, was diagnosed in 2014. He opted to disclose his diagnosis because he wanted to talk about the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test that saved his life.

The Hollywood superstar explained how he felt about his disease at length in a Medium post.

Why he advocates the PSA test

Stiller said he's healthy now because of a blood test that measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by both cancerous and noncancerous tissue in the prostate.


"I was lucky enough to have a doctor who gave me what they call a 'baseline' PSA test when I was about 46," Stiller wrote.

If he had followed American Cancer Society recommendations, he wrote, he would not have been diagnosed until a tumor had been growing inside him for two years. 

And so far, his advocacy has at least one fan.

"I feel like the test saved my life."

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