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Ben Stiller combating prostate cancer

Updated: Oct 05, 2016 12:59 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Oct. 5 (ANI): In a recent interview, Ben Stiller revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago at the age of 48 and has been battling the disease ever since.

The 50-year-old Emmy winner opened up about the diagnosis for the first time during an interview on American radio talk show, 'The Howard Stern Show', explaining that he and his doctor were able to detect and treat the cancer, reports Us Weekly.

"It came out of the blue for me. I had no idea," Stiller revealed, adding, "At first, I didn't know what was gonna happen. I was scared. It just stopped everything in your life because you can't plan for a movie because you don't know what's gonna happen."

The 'Zoolander' actor, however, seemed to be in great gratitude and appreciation for the timely PSA test that he felt saved him.

"It's the second most deadly cancer, but it's about one of the most curable. I wanted to talk about it because of the [PSA] test ... I feel like the test saved my life," the actor expressed.

The 'Night at the Museum' star is married to actress Christine Taylor and they have two children, 14-year-old daughter Ella and 11-year-old son Quinlin.

Given all these, the 'Meet the Fockers' actor seems to have loyally remained grateful for the mere gift of life.

"Afterwards, it just gives you an appreciation for life," he said, "Every six months I'm taking my PSA test to make sure I'm clear."

In a new essay titled, 'The Prostate Cancer Test That Saved My Life,' Stiller is reported to have documented his journey and encouragement to all fellow victims of cancer.

"This is a complicated issue, and an evolving one. 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," he wrote. (ANI)