Actor, comedian, producer, director and writer Ben Stiller was only 48 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014, following
prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests
he’d been having every six months since he turned 46. He had no symptoms, no family history of prostate cancer, and was not in a high-risk group, but the regular blood testing picked up elevating levels of the PSA protein produced in the prostate, which can be an indicator of cancer. Further investigation found that he had mid-range aggressive cancer with a Gleason score of 7/10.
Stiller opted to have his
via a robotic assisted laparoscopic
, and later told US talk show Today that he attributed the PSA test with saving his life.
During the interview he and his surgeon alluded to possible side effects of treatment, which can include incontinence and impotence. ‘When you’re confronted with the question of, “Hey, do you want to live or do you want to make sure your sex life is the best it can be?” I opted for wanting to get rid of the cancer.’
Now an outspoken advocate for
, he wrote about his experience on open discussion platform Medium. It’s worth a read...