Ryan Reynolds is getting down and dirty… literally. The movie star decided to take his fans along with him while he gets a colonoscopy. This in order to raise awareness about colon cancer. Reynolds released a video on his YouTube Channel showing him undergoing his first-ever procedure. There, he discovered he had a small polyp on his colon.
He teamed up with Lead From Behind, which is a colon cancer awareness organization that works with Colorectal Cancer Alliance. It encourages people to get the procedure done. Along with Reynolds, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Star Rob McElhenney joined in on the fun.
In the video, the two actors revealed they made a bet that if McElhenny learned to speak Welsh, Reynolds would let cameras follow him for the procedure. “He was so sure he said he’d publicly broadcast his colonoscopy if I could do it,” McElhenney stated. The Deadpool star also added that he wanted to show the people how it’s done. Saying that one simple step can literally save one’s life.
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenny Filmed Their Colonoscopies
“I would never normally have any medical procedure put on camera and then shared, ” Reynolds stated. “But it’s not every day that you can raise awareness about something that will most definitely save lives. That’s enough motivation for me to let you in on a camera being shoved up my ass.” During a colonoscopy, doctors found an “ extremely subtle polyp” On the right side of Reynolds’s colon which was then immediately removed.
The doctor went on to show images of the tissue inside his colon, saying, “This was potentially life-saving for you—I’m not kidding, I’m not being overly dramatic. This is exactly why you do this. You had no symptoms.” He noted, “You are interrupting the natural history of a disease or something of a process that could have ended up developing into cancer and causing all sorts of problems.”
When McElhenney underwent the procedure, doctors found 3 polyps inside his colon, to which the doctor stated, “we’re not a big deal, but certainly a good thing that we found them early and removed them.” Joking around, the actor stated, “I figure I can’t go wrong in terms of comparing myself to Ryan. They either find nothing and that means my colon was cleaner than his, or they find a polyp and it’s either bigger than his, which is awesome, or it’s smaller than his, which means I had less of an opportunity to have cancer—either way, I win.”
The actors then concluded the hilarious video by sharing a message across a black screen that read, “Colon cancer is preventable. If you’re 45 years or older, ask your doctor about getting a colonoscopy. And help Rob and Ryan kick cancer’s ass.”