Wow. Ben Stiller, 50, just admitted that he fought a tough battle with prostate cancer, and it took over his life. He candidly revealed that he ‘was scared’ and it ‘just stops everything in your life.’ He couldn’t plan for any films because he didn’t know what was going to happen. Watch as Ben and his doctor give a serious update on his health today.
Ben Stiller, 50, is lucky to be alive. He dropped the bombshell news in an interview on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show, Oct. 4, that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 48, and it was a complete shock. Now, he’s coming forward and speaking because he wants to shed light on prostate cancer and what men need to do to protect themselves.
The Zoolander 2 actor spoke specifically about the moment he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, admitting, “At first, I didn’t know what was going to happen, so I was scared. The one thing that it does — It just stops everything in your life, when you get diagnosed with cancer; Because you can’t plan for a movie, because you don’t know what’s going to happen.” SO scary. Howard asked if he had to get surgery, to which he revealed that he did. Ben’s surgeon, Dr. Ted Schaeffer was introduced and said, “It was picked up early, and he’s doing great.” As for what type of cancer Ben had? — Dr. Schaeffer categorized his diagnosis as, “intermediately aggressive.” Omg.
Ben revealed he didn’t initially learn about the cancer from his surgeon. The actor said when an unidentified doctor told him he was suffering from a potentially terminal disease, “his [the doctor] bedside manner wasn’t great,” and that he nonchalantly dropped the bombshell, “oh yeah, it’s cancer.” WOW! Luckily for Ben, the doctor told him, “I’m pretty sure it’s survivable.” Bottom line, Ben’s “priorities changed” when it got down to the simple fact that he, “wanted to be alive.” What a terrifying experience. And, one of the most frightening parts of the entire confession was when Ben said he had zero family history of prostate cancer.
Ben got even deeper about his cancer battle, when he said, “Anybody who’s had to deal with any type of disease, it brings up so much in your life.” He confessed, “And the way that it starts to happen is you go from one test to the next test, and then it starts to become more of a reality.” Ben realized that he had to find out as much as he possibly could before starting his battle with the disease. “The first thing I did when I got diagnosed was get on the Internet to try to learn. I saw [Robert] De Niro, 73, had had it. I called him right away.”
We can’t even imagine what he went through, as well as his family. Ben and his wife, Christine Taylor, 45, have two kids together — Ella, 14, and Quinlin Stiller, 11. He explained how he broke the life altering news to his children explaining, “I told them I had something I had to deal with,” fortunately, “they were pretty cool with it.”
Today, Ben is doing very well. After having his surgery, he said “it just gives you an appreciation for life.” The actor even revealed, “Every six months I’m taking my PSA test to make sure I’m clear.” [Incase you didn’t know, a PSA test is a blood test to screen for prostate cancer. PSA, or prostate-specific antigen, is a protein produced by cancerous and noncancerous cells in a small gland below a male’s bladder.] So, the test Ben is urging men to take, will measure the amount of PSA in an individuals blood. Many people are wondering why he chose to reveal the news now and he admitted, “I wanted to talk about it because of the test. I feel like the test saved my life.” In the U.S., Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in males, that is why being tested is crucial. Ben is right when he says that test saved his life, because most people survive prostate cancer if it is detected early on.
After his terrifying admission, Ben posted a long essay detailing his brave reveal, and you can read it right here. If you want to listen to the whole interview, check it out above! We’re so happy Ben is doing great, and we’re especially thrilled he is using his real life, courageous battle to educate others!
HollywoodLifers, did you know about Ben’s battle with cancer? Was it a shock to you? Tell us in the comments below!