“I’ve been on camera a lot,” said Reynolds Video Released Tuesday, with the caveat that this was the first time the camera had been focused on such a well, intimate place.
It started with a gamble, the actors said. Last year, two self-proclaimed competing friends made a bet: If McElhenney, who created and starred in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” could learn to speak Welsh, Reynolds would publicly broadcast his colonoscopy.
Despite Reynolds’ confidence in his bet, it was revealed that McElhenney had learned notoriously difficult language—or at least enough phrases to send Reynolds with a film crew to the hospital.
Shown while walking into the procedure room, the “Deadpool” star said he wouldn’t normally undergo a medical procedure on camera. But in a clip created in partnership with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and Lead From Behind, a Colon, 45-year-old Reynolds said the decision to record her colonoscopy “came to raise awareness of something that definitely Will save lives” cancer awareness organization.
“The procedure itself does not take long. We are talking about 30 minutes, something like that,” a doctor told the actor as he was taken to the procedure room. “It is amazingly effective. “
During a colonoscopy, a doctor places a flexible tube with a small camera through the rectum and into the colon to get a closer look at the interior of the organ. It sounds hard but it is usually painless – and most patients are seduced through it. (For those wondering: This part was not featured in Reynolds’ video.)
This procedure is used to check for abnormalities in the colon, such as inflammation, irritation, or tumors. But it is also the main preventive measure of screening for colorectal cancer – the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States. American Cancer SocietyWhich recommends that most people be screened every 10 years starting at age 45.
In Reynolds’ case, the doctor found an “extremely microscopic polyp,” or clump of cells, on the right side of his colon. The doctor removed it, “disrupting natural history … a process that could have developed into cancer and caused all kinds of problems.”
“That’s why people need to do this,” said the doctor. “They really need to do this. It saves lives. Pure and simple.”
While colorectal cancer mortality has decreased over the past decade in older patients, it has increased in younger people – partly because of a lack of screening in that age group. The American Cancer Society predicts that more than 52,000 people in the United States will die from colorectal cancer in 2022.
Even though Reynolds lost the bet, McElhenney, who is also 45, also agreed to undergo a colonoscopy. His doctor removed three polyps—all while the actor was in a stifled, sedated state and struggled to eat graham crackers, which he called “biscuits,” which the nurse had provided.
“It’s important to get admitted on time,” McElhenney’s physician said, adding that colon cancer is a “100 percent preventable disease” if people have a recommended colonoscopy.
In the past years, more attention has been paid to colorectal cancer, especially after Death of ‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman, 43, in 2020. There is a growing awareness of the importance of preventive screening. diagnosis rate According to the American Cancer Society, there has been a decline in recent decades.
Before Reynolds and McElhenney, there was a massive spike in colonoscopies after journalist Katie Couric and the procedure was completed On-air in 2000.
His “Today” show segment led to an increase in colon cancer screenings until about nine months after the story aired, according to Research from the University of Michigan Medical School.
Other celebrities have endorsed a number of potentially life-saving medical treatments — from polio vaccination campaign Elvis Presley headed for pandemic-era pleas by the likes of Dolly Parton, Olivia Rodrigo and Jennifer Aniston. But their success has been mixed, The Washington Post previously informed of,
Either way, when it comes to colonoscopy, Reynolds and McElhenney testify to how relatively easy the procedures are.
“Well, it didn’t look so bad,” Reynolds shrugged as the clip ended.