Ben Stiller reveals prostate cancer diagnosis

Actor Ben Stiller was diagnosed with cancer on June 13, 2014, declared cancer-free on September 17 of that year, and is sharing his triumph as a way to encourage men to get tested early.

“Taking the PSA test saved my life,” he wrote in a Medium piece. “Literally. That’s why I am writing this now.”

Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

He had no symptoms prior to his test, he notes.

“What I had — and I’m healthy today because of it — was a thoughtful internist who felt like I was around the age to start checking my PSA level, and discussed it with me.

If he had waited, as the American Cancer Society recommends, until I was 50, I would not have known I had a growing tumor until two years after I got treated. If he had followed the US Preventive Services Task Force guidelines, I would have never gotten tested at all, and not have known I had cancer until it was way too late to treat successfully.”

Read the entire piece here.

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