Ben Stiller Shares Experience of Being Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

He was diagnosed two years ago

Ben Stiller has spoken out for the first time about his prostate cancer diagnosis two years ago. He says he was diagnosed with “immediately aggressive” prostate cancer and had surgery to treat it in an open letter posted yesterday.

“If [my doctor] 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.”

He says he hopes opening up about his own diagnosis will lead to greater awareness of prostate cancer’s symptoms and will lead to younger people getting regularly checked.

Read the full letter here.