Ben Stiller revealed on SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show Tuesday that he was diagnosed with "immediately aggressive" prostate cancer at the age of 48. The Zoolander 2 actor, now 50, appeared on Howard Stern's program with his surgeon, Edward Schaeffer, and discussed his experience for the first time publicly. "It came out of the blue for me," Ben said. "I had no idea."
"At first, I didn't know what was going to happen, so I was scared. I was scared," he admitted. "The one thing that it does is it just stops everything in your life when you get a diagnosis of cancer, because you can't plan for a movie, because you don't know what's going to happen."
Ben said he had no family history of prostate cancer. "My dad didn't have it," he told Stern. "I'm not in the high-risk group." Even so, his doctor, Bernard Kruger, was able to detect the disease by conducting a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test during a yearly physical.The blood test examines and measures the amount of PSA in a patient's blood, which is produced by cancerous and noncancerous tissue in the prostate.