If anyone can motivate people to have this medical procedure, it’s Reynolds. Cancer is serious. Ryan Reynolds is not. Fortunately, his signature sense of humor—along with his faith in his word—helped illuminate an unpleasant subject in an entertaining way.
After apparently losing a bet with his friend and ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ co-star Rob McElhenney, Reynolds agreed to have a colonoscopy, broadcasting it naturally to the world.
Reynolds is an actor known for his hilarious antics. From his heated fictional feud with Hugh Jackman to his epic pranks on talk shows, he’s often the best thing on the internet for a laugh.
However, he is also not one to shy away from difficult conversations, especially when it comes to health. So raising awareness of the importance of colonoscopies was, he said, “a strong motivation to reveal to you a camera that was shoved up my ass.”
Reynolds may have lost the bet, but his actions paid off. The procedure proved life-saving.
The video shows the actor hearing that an “extremely thin” polyp was discovered and removed. Reynolds had previously shown no symptoms.
“I’m not dramatic,” his doctor told him. “That’s exactly why you’re doing this. It interrupts the natural history of a disease, a process that could develop into cancer and cause a whole host of problems. Instead, a polyp is not only diagnosed, but removed.”
Reynolds, a master at marketing, didn’t miss the opportunity to make a brief promotional reference to the gin he makes himself, joking: “I can’t believe you put all that Aviation Gin in my serum” before thanking the doctor.
Reynolds had the colonoscopy at age 45, which is the recommended age for routine screenings to begin. Although it is a preventable cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death for men and women and is predicted to be the leading cancer death for people under 50 by 2030.
Because of the inherent invasiveness of the procedure, many people feel uncomfortable even talking about colonoscopies, let alone having one, despite the fact that early detection is so vital. But now, thanks to Reynolds hilariously talking about his experience, the whole thing might not seem so scary after all.
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