SAYRE, P.A. (WENY) - Guthrie Hospital is celebrating the fact that two celebrities got a colonoscopy.

Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, who both turned 45 this year, recently had their colonoscopies broadcast on television.

Impressed with their dedication to early screening and general health, a Guthrie doctor discussed the benefits of screening for cancer. The discussion was part of a Guthrie push to get people checked for cancer early as early diagnosis greatly increases chances of survival.

For the standard average person, about one in three people will have colon polyps and about one in 24 people in the U.S. will develop colorectal cancer," says Dr. Sadid Askarian, a Guthrie gastroenterlologist." So the greater awareness we place on it, also getting the procedure done, we can hopefully reduce it and help a lot of people."

If you have any relatives with a history of colon problems, Guthrie says to get a colonoscopy earlier at age 40.