Ben Stiller shocked fans upon revealing his battle with cancer.
After staying quiet for two years, the film star revealed he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 and now wants to encourage others to get tested.
Ben, 50, told The Howard Stern Show that the diagnosis was completely "out of the blue". Despite having no family history of prostate cancer, Ben said his doctor only detected an abnormality thanks to a blood test administered during an annual health check.
He said his fear caused him to stay quiet about his diagnosis for so long.
"At first, I didn’t know what was going to happen,” he admitted. “I was scared. The one thing that it does is it just stops everything in your life when you get diagnosed with cancer because you can’t plan for a movie – you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Ben is now speaking out in favour of the PSA test which helped detect his cancer.
"If I hadn’t gotten the test, my doctor started giving it to me at 46, I still wouldn’t know,” he said. “I wanted to talk about it because of the test, because I feel like the test saved my life."
In an essay for Medium, Ben says critics of the test say it can sometimes lead to unnecessary, occasionally invasive follow-up procedures. But for Ben, the test saved his life.
Fortunately, after his diagnosis on June 13, 2014 Ben had his prostate surgically removed, and was finally cleared on September 17 of the same year.
He is now two years cancer free and "extremely grateful".
Ben has been married to actress Christine Taylor since 2000. The pair have two children, Ella, 14 and Quinlin, 11.