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.
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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