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Ryan Reynolds & Rob McElhenney Share Their Colonoscopy Videos to Raise Awareness About Cancer Prevention

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are raising awareness about colorectal cancer prevention – and in true Ryan-and-Rob-style, they’re doing it with humour and a little friendly competition!

In a video posted to social media, the Hollywood stars and owners of Welsh football club Wrexham AFC, begin by explaining a bet they recently made: if Rob learns to speak Welsh, Ryan will allow cameras to follow along for his colonoscopy procedure.

Well, of course Rob learned how to speak Welsh. And of course the cameras followed Ryan into hospital where he undergoes the preventative procedure, joking about his drip being filled with, you guessed it, Aviation Gin!


“I’ve been on camera a lot. But this was the first time one was shoved up my a**,” Ryan says in a statement.

“The procedure and prep were painless but the discomfort of filming and sharing the process was the hardest part. Rob and I did it because we want this potentially life-saving procedure to be less mysterious and stigmatised.”

The clip also shows Rob going in for his colonoscopy: “I figure I can’t go wrong in terms of comparing myself to Ryan. They either find nothing and that means my colon was cleaner than his, or they find a polyp and it’s either bigger than his, which is awesome, or it’s smaller than his, which means I had less of an opportunity to have cancer – either way I win!”- in case you’re wondering, he had three polyps removed from his colon, Ryan had one.

The video is part of an initiative between the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and Lead From Behind, an organisation working to “make colon cancer famous” so millions will be inspired to get checked. According to the Alliance, colon cancer is the second deadliest cancer in America, yet it can be prevented with a colonoscopy. It’s rising in young people and is predicted to be the top cancer killer for people under 50 by 2030.

“Ryan and I both turned 45 this year and this is just a rite of passage, and a great one because it can literally save your life,” Rob says.

“It’s obviously a procedure that makes people uncomfortable but it sure beats getting cancer. We wanted to have fun with this because as with all the weird things that happen in life, why not make it fun instead of scary?”

Check out the video in full below:

(Feature Image Credit: @vancityreynolds/Instagram)

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