Hugh Jackman treated for skin cancer

Hugh Jackman posted this photo of his nose post-procedure to Instagram, and implored his followers to use sunscreen.
Hugh Jackman posted this photo of his nose post-procedure to Instagram, and implored his followers to use sunscreen. Photo: thehughjackman/instagram

When Deborra-Lee Furness saw a suspicious mark on husband Hugh Jackman's face, she urged him to get it checked out. He followed her advice - and discovered he had basal cell carcinoma.

The Wolverine star shared the news with a photo on Instagram on Thursday, writing, ‘‘Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy she was right!’’ 

The photo showed Jackman with a large bandage across his nose.

Mayo Clinic describes the slow-growing skin cancer as a condition ‘‘thought to be caused by long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight’’. It often forms as a ‘‘waxy bump’’.

Skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers in Australia. The basal cell carcinoma is a non-melanoma cancer, and is the most common type of cancer in Australia. Thankfully most are not life-threatening. 

In 2008, an estimated 434,000 Australians were treated for non-melanoma skin cancers.

Cancer Council Australia states that currently there is no organised screening program for skin cancer. People should be aware of their skin and see a doctor if there are any significant changes, such as changes in shape, colour or size of a pigmented lesion or a new lesion.

Jackman, 45, took the opportunity to urge his followers on Instagram to take his experience as a lesson and use preventative care. As between 95 and 99% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun Jackman implored his fans to "Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen.’’ 

The actor did not elaborate further on the status of his health, although it appears he plans to recover before the holiday season.

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The Boy from Oz star joins a list of celebrities who have all spoken publicly about their brushes with cancer including Melanie Griffith, Ewan McGregor, Brooke Shields and Michelle Monaghan.

On Thursday morning he was announced as the host of America’s annual holiday spectacular in Washington DC, called Christmas in Washington.

Performers will include the Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, Anna Kendrick, Janelle Monae and Train’s Pat Monahan.

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