Ben Stiller: Prostate cancer test ‘saved my life’

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Ben Stiller auf dem RTL-Spendenmarathon 2014 in Hürth bei Köln. (Labeled for reuse)

Ben Stiller auf dem RTL-Spendenmarathon 2014 in Hürth bei Köln. (Labeled for reuse)

In a recent report by CNN, actor Ben Stiller revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014. The tumor was surgically removed three months later, and Stiller has been cancer free since.

The American Cancer Society recommends testing start at age 50 for men such as Stiller, who are at average risk of prostate cancer. Certain men are at a higher risk, including African-American men and those with a father, son or brother diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age should be screened at age 45, the American Cancer Society recommends.

The main objective of Sapphire Foundation for Prostate Cancer is helping men with prostate cancer that need financial assistance. When undergoing chemotherapy, the Sapphire Foundation assists with medical expenditures and other financial needs patients may encounter. They also hope to motivate men to get tested for the disease as early detection proves to be crucial in the treatment process.

The foundation established in 2003 and has generated over $2,000,000 in donations and sponsorships to benefit programs related to the disease, for prostate cancer research and financial assistance for survivors of this disease.


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