According to theguardian.com, well-known actor & director Ben Stiller recently spoke about being diagnosed with “immediately aggressive” prostate cancer two years ago. Stiller mentioned that, following the diagnosis, he had surgery to treat it. Appearing on the Howard Stern show alongside the surgeon who performed the procedure, Stiller has said that he hoped being open about the experience would help raise awareness of the symptoms of prostate cancer, and he encourages younger men to be checked for the illness.
Stiller was diagnosed by his urologist two years ago. Following that, the actor spoke to “a bunch of different” doctors, eventually leading up to the surgery which removed his prostate.
Of his own experience, Stiller said, “It came out of the blue for me. I had no idea.”
The actor has now reported that he is cancer-free, but continues to be tested regularly for any recurrence of the disease. He has also tweeted publicly about it as well.
For more information on prostate cancer, its symptoms, and its treatment, please visit the American Cancer Society’s website.