Ryan Reynolds gets a colonoscopy on camera for PSA
(CNN) - Ryan Reynolds is used to being on camera, but this is a little different.
The actor allowed a video crew to film his colonoscopy screening.
“It’s not every day that you can raise awareness about something that will most definitely save lives,” Reynolds said.
And he’s right; more people under 50 are getting diagnosed with colorectal cancer now than they were a decade ago.
In fact, there are new guidelines lowering the age of colon screening from 50 to 45.
A colonoscopy involves using a tiny camera to look through the colon for small growths called polyps that can turn cancerous.
The doctor found a small one during Reynolds’ procedure. When he gave the actor the news, he said: “This was potentially life-saving for you. This is exactly why you do this.”
The American Cancer Society estimates more than 150,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year.
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