Actor and Westchester resident Ben Stiller is crediting a blood test with saving his life after doctors diagnosed him with and treated him for prostate cancer, according to multiple media reports.
The blood test, which was given to the Chappaqua resident in 2014 while he still in his late 40s, was a prostate-specific antigen test known as a PSA that detected the cancer, according to CNN.
Stiller shared his story Tuesday on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show and in an online essay, according to CNN, which reported that surgeons removed the cancer three months after it was detected and that Stiller has been cancer-free ever since.
Stiller’s story – specifically the age at which he was given the blood test – contradicts the American Cancer Society's recommendations, which call for men at average risk to undergo prostate cancer testing at the age of 50, according to CNN.
Those who are considered at greater risk, including African-American men and men with a family history of the disease, are urged to undergo testing at the age of 45, according to CNN.
Stiller, who is now closing in on 51 , is an Emmy Award-winning actor, writer, producer and director who was born to actress Anne Meara and actor/comedian Jerry Stiller in 1965.
He’s starred in numerous comedic films, including “There’s Something About Mary,” “The Royal Tannenbaums,” “Zoolander,” “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” and “Tropic Thunder.”
Stiller and his wife, actress Christine Taylor, have two children and live in Chappaqua.