Hollywood’s toast, Ben Stiller, prostate cancer sufferer? The image may be far from the perky, wisecracking guy he portrays in his movies. Stiller recently appeared on The Howard Stern Show to share the biggest scare in his life — being diagnosed with prostate cancer and disclosed what saved him.
Stiller stated on air that the prostate-specific antigen or PSA was his lifesaver. The actor, who has entertained many movie buffs worldwide through movies like Meet the Fockers and Night at the Museum, is now carrying out his mission of educating people about the importance of early disease detection.
Stiller maintains that if he had not undergone PSA blood test, his prostate cancer would not have been detected. Some medical experts say, though, that the test may show inconclusive results and may lead patients to subject themselves to unnecessary treatments. Hence, the PSA test became controversial.
Prostate cancer is one of the silent killers that has snuffed out the lives of an increasing number of men, many of whom fall in the 40-and-up age bracket. There are many men diagnosed with the disease who lived to tell their story. Stiller happens to be one of them.
Stiller shared that he had no idea he would be battling prostate cancer. It just sneaked up on him. Now 50, Stiller recalled that when his doctor confirmed the disease, it was “a classic Walter White moment” for him, The Huffington Post reported.
Celebrities like Robert de Niro, Rudy Giuliani, Nelson Mandela are among those who overcame the disease. All of them, including Ben Stiller, prostate cancer testifier, can attest to how prostate cancer can take its toll on a man physically, mentally and emotionally.
It was not one of those diseases that would just go away, Giuliani once said. Like Stiller, the former mayor of New York City said “making the decision to deal with the diagnosis and treatment promptly” may have saved my life, USA Today reported. For Giuliani and an increasing number of men, including Ben Stiller, prostate cancer can be beaten, and it all starts with early detection.
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