Ben Stiller reveals he had prostate cancer
5th October 2016

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The star of Zoolander and Night in the Museum was diagnosed with a tumour in 2014.

He says that he now wants to share his story to lend his support for a controversial test which he claims has saved his life.

In an article on Medium, Stiller described the moment as “a classic Walter White moment, except I was me, and no-one was filming anything at all”.

He wrote:

I got diagnosed with prostate cancer Friday, June 13 2014. On September 17 of that year I got a test back telling me I was cancer free.

“The three months in between were a crazy roller coaster ride with which about 180,000 men a year in America can identify.

He said that after he was diagnosed, he researched high-profile men who’d survived and died from the disease.

As I learned more about my disease (one of the key learnings is not to Google ‘people who died of prostate cancer’ immediately after being diagnosed with prostate cancer), I was able to wrap my head around the fact that I was incredibly fortunate.

“Fortunate because my cancer was detected early enough to treat. And also because my internist gave me a test he didn’t have to.

“Taking the PSA test (prostate-specific antigen test) saved my life. Literally. That’s why I am writing this now.”
The NHS says the PSA test is controversial because it’s “unreliable” and “can suggest prostate cancer when no cancer exists (a false-positive result)
“.

It also says that while it can find aggressive prostate cancer that needs treatment, it can also find slow-growing cancer that may never cause symptoms or shorten life.

Ben Stiller says he isn’t offering a scientific point of view on the test but says without it he wouldn’t have been diagnosed as quickly as he was.

The bottom line for me: I was lucky enough to have a doctor who gave me what they call a ‘baseline’ PSA test when I was about 46,” he wrote.

“I have no history of prostate cancer in my family and I am not in the high-risk group, being neither – to the best of my knowledge – of African or Scandinavian ancestry. I had no symptoms.

“What I had – and I’m healthy today because of it – was a thoughtful internist who felt like I was around the age to start checking my PSA level, and discussed it with me.
“If he had waited, as the American Cancer Society recommends, until I was 50, I would not have known I had a growing tumour until two years after I got treated.

“If he had followed the US Preventive Services Task Force guidelines, I would have never gotten tested at all, and not have known I had cancer until it was way too late to treat successfully.

The actor says the test is criticised because it can lead to unnecessary “over-treatment” but says men should at least be given the option so they stand a chance of early detection.

Source: BBC

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