Ben Stiller opens up about the importance of having a prostate exam!
Ben Stiller, he’s best known for his hilarious role in the film series “Meet The Parents, Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers,” and to this day all three films are hits. Those are the types of films you can watch more than once, don’t you think? We’re glad that Ben Stiller has opened up to “The Howard Stern Show,” about his past and having prostate cancer two years ago.
Early Tuesday morning Ben Stiller was on The Howard Stern show and he opened up about his past and having prostate cancer. He said:
“It came out of the blue for me,” Ben said. “I had no idea….If I hadn’t gotten the test, my doctor started giving it to me at 46, I still wouldn’t know.”
“I wanted to talk about it because of the test, because I feel like the test saved my life,” Ben added about the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test. Ben added he took the PSA test twice in six months, and in the second test, his PSA went up.
“After the second time, I started to get a little worried,” then stating he had surgery six weeks after his diagnosis. “I was diagnosed on Friday the 13th, then I had until August 23rd to get ready for the surgery. So I just had the summer to hang out and think about it. At first, I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was scared. The one thing that it does is it just stops everything in your life when you get diagnosed with cancer because you can’t plan for a movie – you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Ben added. “The controversy about the test is that once you get treatment for prostate cancer, things can happen: incontinence, impotence. It’s the second most deadly cancer, but it’s also one of the most survived cancers, if it’s detected early.” Afterwards, it just gives you an appreciation for life,” Ben stated. “Every six months I’m taking my PSA test to make sure I’m clear.”
And I think he’s really driving home the point that men should get their screenings as often as recommended. Early detection is honestly the best because your chances of survival are so much higher and it’s important to take preventive care in health.