Ben Stiller Reveals Prostate Cancer Diagnosis On ‘Howard Stern Show’
Ben Stiller revealed on Tuesday’s “Howard Stern Show” that he was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. The comedic actor explained how doctors saved his life by detecting and treating the disease. Watch video from the interview below.
“I feel like the test saved my life,” Stiller said on Stern’s radio show, noting that his doctor encouraged him to take the test at 48-years-old. “It came out of the blue for me. I had no idea… It stops everything in your life.” He added, “The first thing I did when I got diagnosed was get on the internet to try to learn. I saw [Robert] De Niro had had it. I called him right away.” Stiller also noted, “It’s the second most deadly cancer, but it’s also one of the most curable.”
Stiller, 50, ultimately underwent surgery and has now been cancer-free for two years. He noted there’s a stigma surrounding the surgery because some believe it can cause impotence, and so naturally, Stern wondered how long after the operation it took for Stiller to get his first erection. “The night after surgery,” the actor admitted. About having his prostate exam, Stern said, “I f***ing dread it every year,” but Stiller went on to encourage men to get tested even if they don’t suspect there’s a problem. Watch a video from Stiller’s interview on the “Howard Stern Show” below.