Ryan Reynolds films his first colonoscopy after losing bet

Arnold Jerocki / Getty Images CANNES, FRANCE – JUNE 22: Ryan Reynolds speaks on stage during “Embrace Next Generation Storytelling” on June 22, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images)

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Ryan Reynolds had a polyp removed during his first colonoscopy, which he performed after a lost bet.

HEALTH – It all started with a fun bet. On Tuesday, September 13, actor Ryan Reynolds posted a video on his Twitter and Instagram accounts where he shows how his first colonoscopy allowed him to detect and remove a polyp – a benign tumor growing on the lining of the colon or rectum which can turn into a cancerous tumor. A review he made following a lost bet with his best friend Rob McElhenney, also an actor.

In the video, the two friends tell the origin of this first colonoscopy. In 2021, they bought the Welsh football club, Wrexham FC. Ryan Reynolds is betting that Rob McElhenney wouldn’t be able to learn to speak Welsh. Player, the actor lends himself to the game and he learns the language in a few months. Ryan Reynolds therefore loses his bet and must perform his first colonoscopy, which he chooses to film, in order to raise awareness of colon cancer screening.

Except he didn’t expect to find a polyp. He explains : ” Rob and I both turned 45 this year. One of the milestones at this age is to have a colonoscopy. (…) It’s a simple step that can literally, and I mean literally, save your life. »

A funny and useful video

By the way, his best friend also filmed himself during the exam – the sequence also appears on the video. He even has fun taunting his best friend: “If they find a polyp, either it’s bigger than his – which is great – or it’s smaller than his, which means I’m less likely to get cancer. Either way, I win. » Except he had three polyps removed.

The two men did not hesitate to make fun of each other, to chamber and to be ironic about the situation to play down the event. “ Thank you for putting gin in my infusion” loose for example the interpreter of Deadpool to the doctor.

According to the website e-cancer, colon cancer affects approximately 43,000 people in France each year, including 23,000 men. It is responsible for more than 17,000 deaths per year. However, detected early, this cancer is cured 9 times out of 10. Hence the importance of performing your first colonoscopy from the age of 45 to prevent risks.

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