The colonoscopy procedures that Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney underwent both revealed polyps; as a result, the actors are doing their share to spread awareness of colon cancer.
The two buddies, who turned 45 this year, chose to wager on the Welsh football team Wrexham AFC. Reynolds wagered that if McElhenney learned the challenging Welsh language, which he did—though just a few phrases, in the end—he would broadcast his colonoscopy.
Both men ultimately underwent colonoscopies, which were then recorded and televised.
“I’ve been on camera a lot. But this was the first time one was shoved up my a**,” Reynolds said in a video. “The procedure and prep were painless but the discomfort of filming and sharing the process was the hardest part. Rob and I did it because we want this potentially life-saving procedure to be less mysterious and stigmatized.”
Ryan Reynolds posted a YouTube video of the process
In the footage, Reynolds can be seen walking through the hospital and discussing the surgery with a doctor before it starts.
Reynolds was informed by the physician that a very small polyp had been discovered in his colon.
“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“, the Doctor said.
McElhenney’s colon, meanwhile, was immaculate.
The two guys launched the “LEAD FROM BEHIND” project to increase awareness in collaboration with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.
“I was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer at 38. I’m a trend, not a tragedy,” Brooks Bell, founder of “LEAD FROM BEHIND,” said. “Around one in three people has a polyp by the time they are 45. Polyps usually have no symptoms. A colonoscopy will find them, and snip them out on the spot, preventing cancer down the road! After I was diagnosed, my 35 year old sister got her first colonoscopy and they found and removed a large polyp. It may have saved her life.”
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