Hugh Jackman faces cancer again; will you help him get this important message to all his fans?

Hugh Jackman has never been coy about his battle with skin cancer, but now, after having his fifth cancer removed,
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Hugh Jackman has never been coy about his battle with skin cancer, but now, after having his fifth cancer removed, he wants to send a very powerful message to all his fans.

The 47-year-old actor has taken to social media to warn people about what happens if you forgo sun protection.

“An example of what happens when you don’t wear sunscreen. Basal Cell. The mildest form of cancer but serious, nonetheless,’ he wrote alongside the photo. ‘PLEASE USE SUNSCREEN and get regular check-ups.’

Last May, he revealed he’d had four skin cancers in 18 months and his doctor had warned him he would likely have more removed in the future.

Hugh first found out he had skin cancer when a makeup artist noticed a blood spot on his nose. When he had it checked out, it was confirmed: he had skin cancer.

The second time around he thought he just had a dark freckle but that, too, turned out to be cancerous. The third cancer was found after he noticed blood on his nose again.

Hugh now gets his skin checked every three months and during an interview to promote the 2014 X-Men movie, he said: ‘I’m realistic about the future and it’s more than likely that I’ll have at least one more but probably many more, which is not uncommon for an Aussie particularly from English stock growing up in Australia where I don’t remember ever being told to put sunscreen on.’

‘The beauty of this is it’s all preventable. It’s just about getting proper check-ups, he said. ‘I can be a typical man, I couldn’t be bothered, and now I’m not lazy at all’.

“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!” 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.”

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.

It’s a sad fact but according to the Cancer Council, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.

And it’s never too late to protect your skin, even if you have had skin cancer or haven’t worn sunscreen your whole life.

Share your thoughts below.

Another Basel Cell Carsinoma. All out now. Thanks Dr. Albom and Dr. Arian. PLEASE! PLEASE! WEAR SUNSCREEN!

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  1. I have had 3 basal cell carcinomas removed, the third on the day i had surgery for melanoma. I am an aussie and it is not fun later in life having bits and pieces removed from not wearing sunscreen when young.I wear it now and have checkups every six months.

  2. Good on Hugh for getting the word out there. So far so good for me. But living in tropical Queensland I will be very lucky to escape. Now I avoid the sun eg hat and umbrella, long sleeves etc. I wear sunscreen when I have to but I have a reaction to it and come out in a rash. So I try to cover up instead.

    • I wear UPF50+ long sleeved shirts 95% of the time. While I fish they are GoSo and while I travel they are Columbia style. GoSo are an Aussie brand from Byron Bay. Have a look at their link. they currently have a sale on. Cheers

    • Bruce Mahony Thanks for that Bruce. I have saved the site and the clothes are very reasonably priced. I will show my husband on the weekend. At the moment I am wearing Kathmandu and they have been good but they are 3 years old and my husband thinks the quality of the new stock is not there.

  3. Hugh Jackman is doing a good thing to bring skin cancer awareness out…I have had a squamous cell carcenoma on my left shoulder and had a keritoma (pre cancerous) removed from my nose,I get regular check ups now…

  4. they spread through the layers of skin, get a thorough skin check EVERY year! I have been getting them removed for years and if they get near your eyes they cannot be removed safely! Surgery only removes the part you can see. Get checked at a skin clinic! PLEASE,You won’t be sorry.

  5. I had a big cancer removed from the side of my nose in December last year and am now treating the rest of my face for pre cancerous skin, it’s painful and awful and I sympathize with him totally. This is all damage from my carefree youth too so we really need to stress upon our young family and friends to look after their skin

  6. Good luck Hugh. This made me have a second look at my husbands nose as he has a big red blob , sending him to the doctor ASAP.

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