Actor Ryan Reynolds isn’t shy about putting a camera on his face to promote something — his gin company, his cell phone company, or one of his films — but the Deadpool star recently decided to pose for the camera to explore the interior.
It’s good that he did. When Reynolds lost a bet and had to have his colonoscopy done, his doctor found “an extremely subtle polyp” on the right side of Reynolds’ colon and removed it.
In a YouTube video titled “Rob & Ryan Lead From Behind,” Reynolds and fellow actor Rob McElhenney discussed Reynolds’ latest venture. (Reynolds and McElhenney co-own Welsh football team Wrexham AFC)
“Normally, I would never put a medical procedure on camera and then have it shared,” Reynolds said as he checked into a hospital in the video. “You can’t raise awareness every day about something that will definitely save lives. That’s motivation enough for me to let you in on a camera that’s going to be shoved up my ass.”
Before he went under, Reynolds spoke with gastroenterologist Dr. Jonathan LaPook of NYU Langone Health, who explained the process.
“The procedure itself doesn’t take long. We’re talking about 30 minutes, something like that,” LaPook said. “It’s amazingly effective.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, a colonoscopy is an exam used to look for changes in the large intestine (also called the colon) and rectum. During the procedure, a long, flexible tube is inserted into the rectum. A tiny camera is attached to the tube, allowing doctors to look inside the colon and look for signs of disease.
The American Cancer Society states that colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in both men and women in the United States. The organization recommends people who are regularly at risk for the disease begin screening at age 45.
“That was potentially life-saving for you,” LaPook told the “Free Guy” star. “I’m not joking. I’m not being overly dramatic. That’s exactly why you’re doing this. They had no symptoms.
“So no one would know they had that, but [Reynolds] reached screening age – 45 – and received routine screening. .. and that’s why people have to do this. That simply saves lives.”
But why did Reynolds undergo the procedure?
“You know, at the heart of all sports is competition, and Rob and I, I think, well, we’re pretty competitive guys,” Reynolds said in the video.
“We’re so competitive that Ryan and I made a bet last year,” McElhenney added.
“Ryan bet I couldn’t learn to speak Welsh,” McElhenney explained in Welsh. “He was so sure he said he’d broadcast his colonoscopy publicly if I could.”
McElhenney, also 45, decided to document his own colon screening after seeing how beneficial Reynolds’ was.
“I think I can’t go wrong comparing myself to Ryan,” said the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star. “Either they find nothing, which means my colon is cleaner than his, or they find a polyp. And it’s either bigger than his, which is great, or it’s smaller than his, which means I’ve had less of a chance of getting cancer. Either way, I win.”
Three small polyps were found in McElhenney’s colon and subsequently removed.
McElhenney’s doctor determined that screening and surveillance are the best preventative measures to stop colon cancer, which he described as a “100% preventable disease” with proper screening.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-09-14/ryan-reynolds-rob-mcelhenney-colonoscopy-bet-wrexham Ryan Reynolds got a colonoscopy after losing a bet