The 50-year-old actor has admitted that he was taken aback when doctors detected the life-threatening disease because it came “out of the blue”, and Ben has revealed he “stopped everything” and felt he couldn’t agree to star in any movies because he didn’t know what would happen in the future
Speaking on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show on Tuesday, 4 October, he said: “It came out of the blue for me. I had no idea.
“At first, I didn’t know what was going to 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 going to happen.”
However, the Zoolander actor has now decided to speak about his battle because he wants to bring awareness to the prostate-specificen antigen test (PSA), which he believes “saved” him.
Ben – who has 14-year-old daughter Ella and 11-year-old son Quinn with his wife Christine Taylor – explained: “I wanted to talk about it because of the [PSA] test … I feel like the test saved my life.
“It’s the second most deadly cancer, but it’s about one of the most curable.
After overcoming his initial fears, Ben researched his condition and phoned fellow star Robert DeNiro, who is himself a prostate cancer survivor, to advise him on treatment
“The first thing I did when I got diagnosed was get on the internet to try to learn,” he explained. “I saw De Niro had had it. I called him right away.”
The actor, who is married to Zoolander co-star Christine Taylor, 45, also broke the news to their daughter Ella, 14, and son Quinlin,11.
“I told them I had something I had to deal with,” he said. “They were pretty cool with it.”
Author: BANG Showbiz