A simple blood test saved Ben Stiller’s life 1



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While most celebrities, or at least their public relations, are often using their personal tragedies to garner some attention, actor Ben Stiller surprised a lot of people after a revealing radio interview.

Talking on the Howard Stern show the 50-year-old said that he was diagnosed with an “immediately aggressive” form of prostate cancer over two years ago. Ben told radio presenter Howard Stern, “It came out of the blue for me,” only to add “I had no idea.”

The Zoolander actor candidly shared his story to help promote the blood test that saved his life. Ben said, “At first, I didn’t know what was going to happen, so I was scared. I was scared”. He continued, “The one thing that it does is it just stops everything in your life when you get a diagnosis of cancer because you can’t plan for a movie because you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Ben’s family didn’t have a history of prostate cancer, nor was he in a high-risk group, but during a yearly physical his doctor still requested a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test which measures the blood and can determine the presence of cancerous tissues. After the test detected something, his doctors requested more tests and found that he did in fact have prostate cancer.

“The first thing I did when I got diagnosed was get on the Internet to try to learn,” Ben shared. “I saw [Robert] De Niro had had it. I called him right away.” De Niro and Stiller famously co-starred in the Meet The Parents films and the iconic actor put him at ease.

Ben now has a clean bill of health but encourages everyone that they should get a yearly check even if they don’t think that something is wrong. “It’s the second most deadly cancer, but it’s also one of the most survived cancers if it’s detected early.”

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  1. I dad prostate cancer which was found by the PSA blood test, if my doctor hadn’t referred me to a urologist I may not have been here. Stiller is right, you go in to a numb shock and fear is paramount, I didn’t relax until my first blood test 3 months after the prostatectomy was found to be less than 0.03%. That was nearly 5 years ago and I am feeling great and ride a bike regularly to keep fit. Like Stiller said talk to someone who has had prostate cancer if you have been diagnosed and it may allay some of your fears, one of my friends who was diagnosed said he felt better after talking to me and his fear of the unknown was lessened. To all men in the right age group I urge you to have the PSA tests regularly

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