Actor Ben Stiller was diagnosed with cancer on June 13, 2014, declared cancer-free on September 17 of that year, and is sharing his triumph as a way to encourage men to get tested early.
"Taking the PSA test saved my life," he wrote in a Medium piece. "Literally. That’s why I am writing this now."
He had no symptoms prior to his test, he notes.
"What I had — and I’m healthy today because of it — was a thoughtful internist who felt like I was around the age to start checking my PSA level, and discussed it with me.
If he had waited, as the American Cancer Society recommends, until I was 50, I would not have known I had a growing tumor until two years after I got treated. If he had followed the US Preventive Services Task Force guidelines, I would have never gotten tested at all, and not have known I had cancer until it was way too late to treat successfully."