Ben Stiller was recently diagnosed with an “intermediary aggressive” form of prostate cancer and underwent surgery to treat it.
The 50-year-old actor discussed his diagnosis for the first time during an appearance on the Howard Stern Show Tuesday. “It came out of the blue for me. I had no idea,” Stiller explained. “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.”
Following his diagnosis, Stiller said he called his Meet the Parents co-star Robert De Niro, who himself battled prostate cancer several years ago. “I saw De Niro had had it. I called him right away,” Stiller explained, adding that De Niro’s doctor was one of many physicians he consulted with.
After undergoing surgery to remove his prostate, Stiller is now clear of cancer, but continues to get tested on the regular. He encouraged all adult men to follow his lead and get tested, telling Stern, “It’s the second most deadly cancer, but it’s about one of the most curable.”
After returning with a sequel to Zoolander early this year, Stiller is next set to star in Noah Baumbach’s Yeh Din Ka Kissa alongside Emma Thompson, Adam Sandler, and Dustin Hoffman. The film is due to arrive sometime next year.