Ryan Reynolds has shared footage of his "life-saving" colonoscopy.
The actor allegedly lost a bet to pal Rob McElhenney and agreed to allow a camera crew to film his colonoscopy.
A colonoscopy is an examination of the colon (bowel)using a small camera fitted to a thin tube. The procedure can help to prevent colon cancer by allowing doctors to spot potentially harmful clusters of cells (polyps).
"It's not every day that you can raise awareness about something that will most definitely save lives. That's enough motivation for me to let you in on a camera being shoved up my a**," says Reynolds.
Reynolds explains that he "turned 45 this year" and said that "part of being this age is getting a colonoscopy. Its a simple step that could literally, and I mean literally save your life."
During the procedure Reynolds' doctor discovered a polyp and was able to successfully remove the potentially harmful cells. "This was potentially life saving for you," the doctor says. "This is exactly why you do this."
Reynolds' friend, and co-founder of Wrexham FC, Rob McElhenney also underwent a colonoscopy and filmed his experience of the procedure. His doctor found three polyps and was pleased to find these at an early stage and remove them.
If you have concerns about colon health, speak to your GP, or visit www2.hse.ie/bowel