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From the Winter 2016 Quest
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In October, actor Ben Stiller revealed he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 and had his tumor removed by Dr. Edward Schaeffer at Johns Hopkins Hospital later that year. Two years later, he is still cancer-free. Stiller broke the news in an online essay posted on

Stiller wrote that his doctor gave him a baseline PSA test when he was in his mid-40s. His PSA tests rose for a year and a half, with repeat testing every 6 months. A subsequent MRI and biopsy revealed cancer, and he had a robotic assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy.

Stiller does not have a family history of prostate cancer and is not in a high-risk group. Yet, he noted that if he had waited until age 50 to check his PSA, as the American Cancer Society recommends, he would not have known about his growing tumor until 2 years after he ended up having treatment. “Taking the PSA test saved my life,” Stiller wrote in his essay.


"I think men over the age of 40 should have the opportunity to discuss the test with their doctor and learn about it, so they can have the chance to be screened. After that an informed patient can make responsible choices as to how to proceed."

– Ben Stiller

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