Ryan Reynolds Decided To Film His Colonoscopy And Doctors Actually Found Something That Might Have Been "Life-Saving"

    "I've been on camera a lot. But this was the first time one was shoved up my ass."

    Ryan Reynolds is broadcasting something pretty personal — in the hopes of helping to save lives.

    A closeup of Ryan

    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.

    A closeup of Ryan

    But considering colon cancer is one of the leading cancer killers in America, it's a pretty important thing to do.

    "It’s a simple step that could literally, and I mean literally, save your life," Ryan said during the video.

    A closeup of Ryan

    According to the American Cancer Society, it's recommended that people with an average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screenings at age 45.

    A doctor walks next to Ryan as he is wheeled through a hospital

    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."

    Ryan and Rob sit next to each other to discuss the procedure

    "I've been on camera a lot. But this was the first time one was shoved up my ass," Ryan said. "The procedure and prep were painless but the discomfort of filming and sharing the process was the hardest part."

    Ryan sits in a recovery room with a mask on

    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."

    Ryan talks to his doctor in the recovery room

    "This was potentially life-saving for you — I’m not kidding; I’m not being overly dramatic," the doctor shared. "This is exactly why you do this. You had no symptoms."

    The doctor shows the results on a computer screen

    He continued, "You are interrupting the natural history of a disease of something of a process that could have ended up developing into cancer and causing all sorts of problems."

    Ryan gives his doctor a thumbs up

    After making such an important discovery, Ryan is even more committed to the cause, hoping that sharing the footage can make colonoscopies "less mysterious and stigmatized."

    You can watch the entire video below.

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