Hugh Jackman Diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma, a Form of Skin Cancer
After revealing that he had a skin biopsy because his doctor had noticed something “a little irregular” on his skin, Hugh Jackman urged his fans to always use sunscreen.
The Australian actor revealed his bandaged nose in a video he posted to social media. In a video message to fans, Hugh Jackman assured them he is fine and emphasized the importance of using a sunscreen every day.
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Hugh Jackman Urges Fans to Wear sunscreen
“I just want to let you know, I just went to see … my amazing dermatologists and doctors, and they saw something that was a little irregular,” the “Greatest Showman” star explained while indicating his bandaged nose. “So they took a biopsy, and they’re getting it checked.”
Jackman, 52, has thanked his fans for their support and reassured them that there is no need to “freak out.”
“They think it’s probably fine,” he continued. “But remember: Go and get a check and wear sunscreen. Don’t be like me as a kid, just wear sunscreen.”
The actor admitted in an ABC News interview from 2015 that he burned his skin as a kid because he played outside without sunscreen. In 2013, he was identified as having basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.
Jackman has reminded his audience of the importance of wearing sunscreen ever since, and in 2016, he shared that he had to get another biopsy.
“An example of what happens when you don’t wear sunscreen. Basal Cell. The mildest form of cancer but serious, nonetheless. PLEASE USE SUNSCREEN and get regular check-ups,” he wrote at the time.
A couple of notes: please get skin checks often, please don’t think it can’t happen to you and, above all, please wear sunscreen. pic.twitter.com/MqqdxlM4C3
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) August 2, 2021
Similarly, he wrote about his ongoing fight against skin cancer in 2017 and said that “frequent checks” were responsible for catching it in its early stages.
According to the Mayo Clinic, basal cell carcinoma is thought to be caused by long-term exposure to UV sunlight, and the best way to prevent it is to wear sunscreen.
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