Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney both revealed that they underwent a “potentially life-saving” endoscopy, following a bet.
The actors, who are co-chairs of Welsh side Wrexham FC, have teamed up with awareness organization Lead From Behind to share details about their procedures and diagnoses.
In a video posted on social media, Reynolds said he bet McElhenney couldn’t learn to speak Welsh, or that he would film and broadcast himself during the intimate procedure.
After explaining the bet in Welsh, McElhenney smiled, while Reynolds added: “Rob and I are 45 years old this year, which means it’s time for a colonoscopy.
“It’s one simple step that could literally, and literally, save your life.”
The video then shows Reynolds arriving at the hospital and getting the procedure done.
He was told by his doctor that an “extremely sophisticated tumor” had been found on his colon.
“This has the potential to save your life. I’m not kidding. I don’t get too dramatic,” the doctor later told him.
“You’re disrupting the natural history of a disease, of a process, which can eventually develop into cancer and cause all sorts of problems.”
“You’ve reached 45, you have to have regular screenings and you’ll do it, that’s why everyone needs to do this. This saves lives, pure and simple. “
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McElhenney later revealed that he had also undergone the procedure, and that it was also filmed, joking that he “couldn’t go wrong” comparing his results to Reynolds’s.
“They either find nothing, and that means my colon is cleaner than his, or they find a tumor and it’s bigger… or smaller than his, which means I have less chance of getting cancer,” he said.
“Either way, I win.”
McElhenney was later told that three polyps had been discovered on his colon, which had also been removed.
The video ends with a message asking people to ask their doctors about colonoscopy and “help Rob and Ryan fight colon cancer”.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/ryan-reynolds-and-rob-mcelhenney-share-details-of-life-saving-colonoscopies-41987810.html Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney share details of ‘life-saving’ endoscopy cases