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Hugh Jackman after an operation to remove a skin cancer from his nose in October 2014 Photo credits to http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Hugh Jackman after an operation to remove a skin cancer from his nose in October 2014 (Photo credits to http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

 

In November 2013, a Canadian makeup artist alerted Australian actor Hugh Jackman to a small red spot on his nose.

Jackman’s wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, urged him to get the spot checked and that’s when he was told he had basal cell carcinoma (BCC).

In an interview about his battle with skin cancer for ABC News he recalled living in the suburbs in Australia, always being outdoors and never having used sunscreen. In it, he said, “Sunscreen when we were growing up was…I don’t think my Dad or Mom ever bought it.”

 

 

In the May 2015 Edition of PEOPLE Magazine, he again stated this, saying, “Being an Australian it’s a very common thing. I never wore sunscreen growing up so I was a prime candidate for it.”

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Australia and accounts for 80 per cent of all cancers diagnosed each year.

Basal Cell Carcinoma, the type Jackman contracted, is a non-melanoma skin cancer which is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia.

All together, Jackman has had four skin cancers removed in the last 18 months, three from his nose and one from his shoulder.

His advice to anyone who has a basal cell carcinoma, don’t wait to act on it. “Basal cell carcinoma is just something you have to deal with. It’s cancerous. It will grow. You just have to get it out.” 

In an Instagram post, he also told his followers, “Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!! “.

Jackman has since teamed up with a sunscreen brand in the US and launched an affordable sunscreen line for kids, Pure Sun Defense.

 

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