Ben Stiller on Tuesday said he has prostate cancer, shocking his fans all over the world. He admitted he had the disease two years back when he was 48.
This was the first time the popular Hollywood actor and former Emmy winner, publicly acknowledged about the disease.
He told the host while attending The Howard Stern show that he is attending to doctor to treat the cancer.
“It came out of the blue for me. I had no idea,” Stiller told Howard Stern at the show. “At first, I didn’t know what was gonna happen. I was scared. 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 added.
He told Stern that he mustered courage to tell his fans and finally broke the news after a lot of thinking: “I wanted to talk about it because of the [PSA] test … I feel like the test saved my life.”
The test is widely used to detect prostate cancer among men by measuring the quantity of PSA in an the infected persons blood. PSA is being produced by both cancerous and noncancerous tissue of the prostate.
“It’s the second most deadly cancer, but it’s about one of the most curable,” Stiller told the host Stern.
Stiller revealed he first informed his close friends and Hollywood actor Robert De Niro, who all managed to recover from prostate cancer, after battling it for many years.
He admitted today in the show that “The first thing I did when I got diagnosed was get on the internet to try to learn. I saw De Niro had had it. I called him right away,” he explained.
Stiller, is married to Hollywood actress Christine Taylor, and has two children, a daughter named Ella(14) and a 11-year-old son, Quinlin. “I told them I had something I had to deal with and fortunately they were pretty cool with it, ” he added.