Actor Ben Stiller survives prostate cancer

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Ben Stiller…Credits the test that diagnosed the cancer and saving his life.

Ben Stiller has revealed that he battled prostate cancer in 2014, and he credits the test that diagnosed the cancer and saving his life.

In an essay posted Tuesday on the website Medium, Stiller recounted his experience with prostate cancer. Learning that he had it Stiller compared to “a classic Walter White moment, except I was me and no one was filming anything at all.”

Stiller is now cancer-free and he believes that would never have happened without a PSA or prostate-specific antigen test. Stiller said he wanted to tell his story in support of the much-debated test.

But the American Cancer Society recommends testing start at age 50 for men such as Stiller, who are at average risk of prostate cancer. Men at high risk, including African-American men and those with a father, son or brother diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age should be screened at age 45, the American Cancer Society recommends.
“This is a complicated issue, and an evolving one,” Stiller wrote, acknowledging that there’s differing advice about when — or if — to take the test. “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.”
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