Will Smith needs to boost consciousness for colonoscopies, after medical doctors discovered a polyp in his colon throughout a routine examine.
The 51-year-old actor posted a 17-minute lengthy video to his YouTube channel, wherein he went via the method of getting his first ever colonoscopy, and found he has been dwelling with a polyp, which is a precancerous legion.
In the video, Will defined that he although the thought of filming his colonoscopy would make for a humorous video, however the journey turned out to be essential for his well being, as medical doctors have been in a position to take away the polyp earlier than it had the prospect to progress into most cancers.
His doctor, Doctor Ala Stanford, informed him within the video: ”The outcomes got here again that it was a tubular adenoma which is pre-cancer tissues. Ninety-five % of colon cancers come up from that sort of polyp that was in your colon.
”We know that screening and early detection saves lives. Even early detection of most cancers can extend your life and your livelihood should you catch it early.
”Had you not identified, [the polyp] continues to develop and develop and develop. And African American males, specifically, the best colon is the place most cancers is excessive … You would’ve had fewer typical signs. And by the point you offered, it could possibly be full-blown and unfold all through your physique.”
Since discovering the polyp, medical doctors have informed the ‘Aladdin’ star he might want to have a colonoscopy extra often than others.
His physician added: ”Instead of getting a screening each 10 years, it is advisable get yours accomplished within the subsequent two to a few years.”
And while the outcomes have been scary for Will to listen to, he is grateful he can now assist increase consciousness for the vital examine, because it may assist to avoid wasting lives.
In his video, he mentioned: ”You know, after I determined I needed to shoot this as a vlog, it was way more, ‘Hey, this can be cool. This can be enjoyable.’ I did not realise that there can be a precancerous polyp that will get came upon of it.”