Ryan Reynolds is broadcasting something pretty personal — in the hopes of helping to save lives. The actor recently decided to document his first colonoscopy in order to highlight the importance of the preventative cancer screening procedure. And recording the whole thing is pretty intimate, considering a camera is inserted into the rectum to look for changes or abnormalities in the large intestine.
… Ryan and his soccer-club owner Rob McElhenney both just turned 45, so they teamed up with Lead From Behind, a new initiative hoping to spread the message that colon cancer is “the preventable cancer.”
… In the video, Ryan shared the moments leading up to the procedure and his time in the recovery room, where his doctor actually shared that he had found an “extremely subtle polyp.” The doctor also found three small polyps during Rob’s procedure, all of which were removed. The doctor shared: “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.”