Published On: Thu, Oct 6th, 2016

Ben Stiller had prostate cancer



The famous American actor Ben Stiller has disclosed on Tuesday that he had been identified with prostate cancer two years ago and was successfully treated for the disease.

The 50-year-old comedian and filmmaker, who is the son of veteran comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, explained in an interview that he was lucky to yet be cancer free because the disease was diagnosed in time thanks to a screening test.

Stiller told that he was speaking openly regarding it for the initial time in the hope that men would get tested for the disease — by what is named a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test — previous to the standard age of 50. He started his acting career with a play and wrote several mockumentaries.

Stiller, who is a member of a group of comedic actors colloquially known as the Frat Pack, stated that “It’s a very controversial subject, the PSA test,” the winner of multiple awards and honors, including an Emmy Award, multiple MTV Movie Awards and a Teen Choice Award, continued by saying that “If I hadn’t taken the test — my doctor started giving it to me at 46 — I would not have known. Right now, I still wouldn’t have known.”

He said the first thing he did after being diagnosed with cancer at age 48 when his PSA levels rose, was to go on the internet to learn regarding the illness and others — such as pursue actor Robert De Niro — who had contracted it.

Stiller further added that De Niro put him in touch with his doctor and he concluded up by having triumphant surgery.

American Cancer Society has explained that Prostate cancer is the second leading reason of cancer deaths amongst men in the United States which affect one in seven men.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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