The Zoolander actor told how he put his life on hold after being diagnosed with the disease, which doctors were able to successfully treat

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller has revealed he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The Zoolander actor said he put his life on hold when doctors detected the disease two years ago.

Opening up about the diagnosis for the first time during an interview on SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show, Ben 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."

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Ben Stiller at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
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At first he sought advice from fellow actors, including his Meet the Fockers co-star Robert De Niro.

He said: "The first thing I did when I got diagnosed was get on the internet to try to learn. I saw De Niro had had it. I called him right away."

The Along Came Polly star was diagnosed in June 2014 and by September of the same year was told that he was cancer-free.

The award-winning actor said he has decided to speak about his battle because he wants to bring awareness to the prostate-specificen antigen test (PSA), which he believes "saved" him after the disease was detected early.

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Actors Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor

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."

He added: "Afterwards, it just gives you an appreciation for life. Every six months I'm taking my PSA test to make sure I'm clear."

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