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Actor Ben Stiller revealed today that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 48.
The award-winning actor, who is probably best known for his role in the Zoolander and the Meet The Parents movies, made the revelation in an interview on SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show.
"I was diagnosed on Friday the 13th, then I had until August the 23rd to get ready for the surgery," he said. "So I just had the summer to hang out and think about it."
Stiller, now aged 50, explained how he and his doctors were able to detect and treat the cancer.
So, I had cancer a couple of years ago and I wanted to talk about it. And the test that saved my life. https://t.co/KWirBcRZ7D
- Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) 4 October 2016
"It came out of the blue for me. I had no idea," Stiller explained. "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.
"I wanted to talk about it because of the [PSA] test ... I feel like the test saved my life," he said on the show.
A Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) is a simple blood test that detects signs of cancerous cells among other things.
Stiller's doctor found that his levels were high, according to People Movies. Although he wasn't immediately concerned, the doctor re-administered the test six months later and found the PSA had gone up even more.
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