UPDATE (11/22) — Wonderful news for Ben Stiller! The actor has revealed that he is cancer free and doing well on “The Today Show.” It’s first interview since Oct. 4, when he first revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2014.
He said after being diagnosed and learning what his options were, he decided to have his prostate removed.
“I’m doing great,” Stiller said. “I was really fortunate that my course of treatment was basically an operation and that was it.”
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Ben Stiller revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago. The Emmy Award-winning actor is opening up about his battle with the disease for the first time–and how he and his doctor were able to detect and treat it.
“It came out of the blue for me. I had no idea,” he said on The Howard Stern 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, now 50, explained that he found out about the cancer through a prostate-specific antigen test, or PSA test, a blood test used to screen men for this specific type of cancer.
And the reason why he’s opening up about the cancer now is because that test is what may have saved his life. Now that it’s treated, he couldn’t be more grateful.
“Afterwards, it just gives you an appreciation for life,” he said. “Every six months I’m taking my PSA test to make sure I’m clear.”
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Edie Falco: Breast cancer, 2004 Falco kept her treatment a secret from her Sopranos co-stars. “Surviving cancer has a way of making you re-prioritize," she's said. In her case, it meant starting a family.
Kathy Bates: Ovarian cancer, 2003; breast cancer, 2012 The actress kept her cancer a secret but after her double mastectomy, she told People magazine: "Breast cancer runs like a river through my family.
Fran Drescher: Uterine cancer, 2000 It took two years and eight doctors before the Nanny star was finally diagnosed. After the experience, she wrote a book and started a cancer foundation.
Rod Stewart: Thyroid cancer, 2000 The rock icon got lucky when his cancer was discovered during a routine scan. He lost his voice for three weeks, and now sings an octave lower than he used to.
Carly Simon: Breast cancer, 1997 After a lumpectomy and chemotherapy, the singer told the New York Daily News she was "stronger than ever. I've always thought of myself as a warrior."
Sheryl Crow: Breast cancer, 2006 The singer, then 44, had just broken up with Lance Armstrong when doctors discovered a tumor. After treatment, she adopted two boys.
Sharon Osbourne: Colon cancer, 2002 The reality TV star had one foot of her colon removed. After discovering she carried the gene for breast cancer, she had a double mastectomy.
Hugh Jackman: Skin cancer, 2013, 2016 Jackman was filming X Men when a makeup artist pointed to a red mark on his nose. It turned out to be basal cell carcinoma. He now gets skin checks every three months.
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro: Prostate cancer, 2003 De Niro, then 60, credited his complete recovery to early detection.
Christina Applegate: Breast cancer, 2008 The actress was only 36, but she had the BRCA gene mutation--her mom was a breast cancer survivor. She opted for a double mastectomy.
Michael C Hall
Michael C. Hall: Hodgkin's lymphoma, 2010 Hall used a break during Dexter to go through treatment. Getting a Golden Globe two-thirds through it gave him a "shock of positive energy."