Ryan Reynolds has colonoscopy on camera to destigmatize the procedure

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhaney are hoping to kick colon cancer’s ass.

The American Cancer Society recommends that people at average risk of colorectal cancer begin regular screening at age 45. In an effort to raise awareness, the duo teamed up with Lead From Behind to help spread the message that colon cancer is a “preventable cancer.”

Reynolds and McElhaney, co-chairmen of Welsh football club Wrexham AFC, said in a video released on Tuesday that the decision to film their proceedings was the result of Reynolds losing a bet.

The two made a condition that McElhaney would not be able to learn Welsh. Apparently, Reynolds was so sure he wouldn’t do it, he said he would “publicly broadcast his colonoscopy” if McElhaney could prove him wrong. Turns out, he lost the bet. But seeing as McElhaney is a good sport, he decided to film his colonoscopy as well.

“I’ve been on camera a lot. But this was the first time someone shoved my ass,” Reynolds said in a statement. “The process and preparation was painless but the discomfort of filming and sharing the process was the hardest part. Rob and I did it because we wanted this potentially life-saving procedure to be less mysterious and stigmatized.”

“Ryan and I both turned 45 this year and it’s just a ritual,” McElhaney added, “and it’s a great one because it can literally save your life. It’s obviously “There’s a procedure that makes people uncomfortable but it definitely beats cancer. We wanted to have fun with it because with all the weird things that happen in life, why not make it fun instead of scary?” “

Both hope the video shows the importance of getting a colonoscopy.

“I would never normally put a medical procedure on camera and then share,” Reynolds says in the video as he heads to the hospital. “It’s not every day that you can raise awareness of something that will surely save lives. It’s motivation enough for me to let you in on the camera shoving my ass.”

A doctor removed a very microscopic polyp on the right side of Reynolds’ colon, which the doctor described as “potentially life-saving.” A doctor also removed three small polyps from McElhaney’s colon.

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer death in the United States and, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, rates of colorectal cancer are higher in minority populations.

According to the Colon Cancer Coalition, by 2030, colorectal cancer could be the leading cause of cancer death in adults under the age of 50.

Thanks to a 2021 change in guidelines that lowered the age for one’s first colonoscopy from 50 to 45, 20 million more Americans are now eligible to get screened, Lead From Behind states on its website.

Founded by tech entrepreneur and colon cancer survivor Brooks Bell, and powered by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, Lead From Behind is the largest colon cancer nonprofit organization. Its goal is to “make colon cancer famous”, inspire millions to get screened and save 100,000 lives.

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