Ben Stiller in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller has been making audiences laugh for years, but on Tuesday he got serious to open up about his battle with cancer. The actor revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2014, but was lucky enough to be cancer free a few months later thanks to early detection and surgery.

Ben Stiller shared his story about prostate cancer through a post on Medium. He revealed that he was diagnosed in June of 2014 after taking a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test, and underwent both an MRI and invasive biopsy in order to confirm the tumor. He then had the tumor successfully removed in surgery and was declared cancer free in September of 2014.

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.

The piece is written in defense of the PSA test that Ben Stiller took and detected the tumor; the test that Stiller credits with saving his life. Though the test was not recommended for him at his age of 48 at the time, his doctor recommended he take it anyway, The PSA test has been controversial for reporting false positive results, which lead to patients having to undergo MRIs or biopsies when they didn't actually have to in the first place. Stiller, however, argues that the test is saving lives, such as his own, by detecting prostate cancer in its early stages when it's still treatable, instead of waiting until it spreads and becomes incurable when undetected.

In addition to his piece on Medium, Ben Stiller also appeared on The Howard Stern Show on Tuesday morning to further speak about his experience with prostate cancer. You can listen to that interview below.

But despite the battle with cancer, Ben Stiller has not slowed down once in his career. Next year, he'll costar with Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson, and Dustin Hoffman in the comedy Yeh Din Ka Kissa, and he'll also team up with The Walking Dead star Austin Abrams for the collegiate comedy Brad's Status. In addition, Stiller's announced plans for a sequel to his cult classic 2004 film DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story.

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