Hugh Jackman is using his most recent skin cancer scare as a teachable moment for others.
In a recent Instagram video, the 54-year-old Aussie actor opened up about getting two spots on his nose biopsied for skin cancer. As Jackman explained, his doctor is concerned that he may have basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer that affects about 3.6 million Americans each year. He’s still awaiting the results of both biopsies.
“I’ll find out in two or three days, and as soon as I know, I’ll let you know,” a bandaged Jackman reassured his 31.1 million Instagram followers.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, practicing sun safety — including staying in the shade, wearing clothing that protects your skin from UV rays, and using UV-protective sunscreen — can go a long way in reducing your risk of developing skin cancer.
Jackman went on to urge his fans to “please wear sunscreen” this spring and summer.
“If I can just take this opportunity to remind you summer is coming, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, please wear sunscreen,” he said.
“No matter how much you want a tan, trust me, trust me, trust me. This is all stuff that happened 25 years ago, it’s coming out now,” the actor continued. “Put some sunscreen on. You’ll still have an incredible time out there. Please be safe.”
Basal cell carcinoma, the type of skin cancer Jackman is being screened for, is often linked to UV rays from sun exposure or indoor tanning. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, it usually presents as lesions with slightly elevated, rolled edges and/or a central indentation. These growths are often found on sun-exposed areas of the body.
Luckily, basal cell carcinoma is highly treatable when detected early. Jackman even described it as “the least dangerous [cancer] of them all.”
This isn’t the first time Jackman has raised awareness about skin cancer prevention, nor is it his first brush with skin cancer. As NBC News reported, The Son star had the same biopsy performed in 2017, 2014, and 2013.
“I know you’ve heard me talk about my basal cell carcinomas before. I’m going to keep talking about them, if need be,” he wrote in the caption of his video. “And if it reminds even one person to put on sunscreen with a high SPF, then I’m happy.
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