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Ben Stiller Prostate Cancer: Actor Reveals 2014 Diagnosis, Treatment

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Ben Stiller arrives at the Australian Premiere of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" at Sydney Entertainment Centre on Nov. 21, 2013, in Sydney, Australia. (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
 

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Oct 2016 08:12 PM

Ben Stiller has revealed his prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment in an essay advocating for the controversial prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test as early screening for the disease.

"As of this writing I am two years cancer free and extremely grateful," the actor wrote in the post on Medium, describing the steps he underwent to discover and treat his "mid-range aggressive cancer" — from PSA testing, to biopsy and surgery.

The cancer was diagnosed on June 13, 2014, and he was declared cancer-free on Sept. 17 of that year.

"Taking the PSA test saved my life. Literally. That’s why I am writing this now," Stiller wrote.

Stiller pointed out that he began PSA testing at age 46, although the American Cancer Society recommends delaying the tests until age 50, and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended not getting the test at all. The tests can reveal rising levels of a protein in the blood that can be a sign of cancer. But they are imperfect and can lead to over-treatment of low-risk cancers.

"This is a complicated issue, and an evolving one. But in this imperfect world, I believe the best way to determine a course of action for the most treatable, yet deadly cancer, is to detect it early," Stiller wrote.

Stiller discussed his cancer diagnosis Tuesday on SiriusXM's "The Howard Stern Show," accompanied by his surgeon.

"One of the main things I felt was I was really lucky. As I learned more about prostate cancer, I learned that I was someone who had a case that could be treated, but a lot of people can't because they discover it too late," Stiller told Stern.

Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, told CNN that PSA tests carry risks, including health risks associated with biopsies and surgery that may be conducted unnecessarily as the result of misleading PSA tests.

"The thing Ben Stiller doesn't understand is that his case is based on one positive experience," Brawley said. "He hasn't heard of all of the men who have had negative experiences [with PSA testing]. … The bottom line is, there's more harm associated with prostate cancer screenings than good."

 

 

 

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