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Ben Stiller reveals cancer diagnosis on 'Howard Stern Show,' then posts an essay about it

Ben Stiller revealed a 2014 cancer diagnosis publicly for the first time.

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Ben Stiller revealed a 2014 cancer diagnosis publicly for the first time.



Ben Stiller publicly revealed a 2014 prostate cancer diagnosis this morning in a radio interview with Howard Stern, then followed that up by posting an essay about his experience on Medium. 

“It came out of the blue for me,” Stiller told the SiriusXM radio host of his diagnosis at age 48, and joking that before he'd even received his test results he was "creating the whole movie in my head. I'm picturing the funeral."

Stiller brought along his surgeon for the Stern interview and said he was opening up about the topic because he wanted to encourage more men to get tested earlier for the disease. Stiller, who said he has no family history of prostate cancer, noted he's now "cancer free," and credits his survival to a Prostate-Specific Antigen test that caught the disease early.

"...I feel like the test saved my life," Stiller said in the radio interview, noting that his doctor began giving him the test at age 46. Shortly after the diagnosis, the star says he underwent a laparoscopic radical prostatectomy surgery.

In his Medium essay, Stiller writes:

"I got diagnosed with prostate cancer Friday, June 13th, 2014. On September 17th of that year I got a test back telling me I was cancer free. The three months in between were a crazy roller coaster ride with which about 180,000 men a year in America can identify."

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 12:45pm]


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