Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have revealed they both had polyps removed after “potentially life-saving” colonoscopies – which they filmed for a bet.
The actors, who he famously became co-chairman of Welsh football club Wrexham FC in 2021, shared details of their diagnoses — and how polyps can develop into cancer if left untreated — through awareness organization Lead From Behind.
In a video posted on social media, McElhenney – speaking in Welsh – says Reynolds he had bet him that he couldn’t learn the language after taking over the club.
That meant Reynolds, best known for films like Deadpool and Free Guy, would have to broadcast his process, he says.
“Rob and I turned 45 this year,” says Reynolds. “And, you know, part of being that age is getting a colonoscopy. It’s a simple step that could literally, and I mean literally, save your life.”
The video then shows Reynolds arriving at the hospital.
“Normally I would never put any medical procedure on camera and then they would share it,” he says. “It’s not every day you get to raise awareness for something that will surely save lives. That’s motivation enough for me to let you get on camera that raises my a**.”
After undergoing the procedure, a doctor later told him that an “extremely thin polyp” was found in his colon.
“That was potentially life-saving for you,” the doctor tells him. “I’m not kidding, I’m not being overly dramatic.
“You’re interrupting the natural history of a disease, a process, that could have ended up developing into cancer and causing all kinds of problems.”
The video then shows that McElhenney, of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia fame, also underwent the procedure.
He jokes that he “couldn’t go wrong” when it comes to comparing his results to Reynolds’.
“Either they find nothing, and that means my colon is cleaner than his, or they find a polyp and it’s either bigger than his… or it’s smaller than his, which means I’m less likely to have cancer,” he says. . “Either way I win.
Doctors discovered three polyps in McElhenney’s colon, which were also removed.
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In the video, doctors share the message that colon cancer is “a 100% preventable disease” if people get regular screenings.
The video ends with a message telling people to ask their doctors about colonoscopies to help “Rob and Ryan beat colon cancer**.”
Reynolds and McElenay have embraced their roles in Welsh football since taking full control of Wrexham FC by Wrexham Supporters Trust in February 2021, investing £2m.
In April, Reynolds presented a commemorative urinal to McElhenney at the club’s ground.