Hugh Jackman's skin cancer warning

Hugh Jackman's skin cancer message

Wolverine star Hugh Jackman has taken to social media to encourage sunscreen use after having his fifth skin cancer removed.

Hugh Jackman has once again taken to social media to discuss a serious issue.

The 47-year-old father of two uploaded a shot of his taped-up nose, revealing he has had more skin cancer removed.

"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. (sic)," he wrote.

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It is the fifth skin cancer the Wolverine actor, who is married to fellow Australian actor Deborra-Lee Furness, has had in recent years.

He first discovered he had cancerous cells in November 2013 after his wife of 20 years suggested he get a mole on his nose looked at.

"Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a Basal Cell Carcinoma.

"Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!! (sic)," he told his Instagram followers at the time.


"It's always a bit of a shock just hearing the word 'cancer'. Being an Australian, [skin cancer] is a very common thing. I never wore sunscreen growing up so I was a prime candidate for it," he has also said.

"I was trying to keep calm about 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.

"I go every three months for checkups. It's the new normal for me. My doctor says I'll likely have more and if that's your cross to bear in life, you should be so lucky."

Hugh Jackman with wife Deborra-Lee Furness in January.
Hugh Jackman with wife Deborra-Lee Furness in January.  Photo: Jonathan Leibson

There are three types of skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, which are known as non-melanoma skin cancer and melanoma, which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

According to the Cancer Council, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70, while close to half a million are treated each year. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women.

For more detailed information about skin cancer please phone Cancer Council 13 11 20 or talk to your GP.

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