Actor-filmmaker Ben Stiller said Wednesday he remains in remission three years after having undergone surgery for prostate cancer.
The “Brad’s Status” star told NBC’s “Today” that in the interim he has advocated for the prostate-specific antigen test that he credits with having saved his life. “I’m really happy that getting the word out there about the PSA test [has] actually made a little bit of a difference,” Stiller, 51, said. He noted that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force — an independent, volunteer panel of national experts supported by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality — “has changed their guideline and recommends you speak with your doctor about taking the test. So I think that’s good move.”
Stiller, whose credits include the “Zoolander” and “Night at the Museum” franchises, said on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show in October that he was diagnosed with “immediately aggressive” prostate cancer two years earlier.
“It came out of the blue for me,” Stiller told Stern. “I had no idea.” Thanks to early detection, he said in an essay last year at Medium.com, he underwent a successful laparoscopic radical prostatectomy.