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Ben Stiller revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago. The Emmy Award-winning actor is opening up about his battle with the disease for the first time--and how he and his doctor were able to detect and treat it.
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"It came out of the blue for me. I had no idea," he said on The Howard Stern Show. "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."
Stiller, now 50, explained that he found out about the cancer through a prostate-specific antigen test, or PSA test, a blood test used to screen men for this specific type of cancer.
And the reason why he's opening up about the cancer now is because that test is what may have saved his life. Now that it's treated, he couldn't be more grateful.
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"Afterwards, it just gives you an appreciation for life," he said. "Every six months I'm taking my PSA test to make sure I'm clear."
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