Hugh Jackman reveals he was treated for skin cancer

Hugh Jackman reveals he was treated for skin cancer


Hugh Jackman revealed that he underwent treatment for basal cell carcinoma -- one of the most common kinds of skin cancer -- on Twitter.


The Wolverine star shared the news via his Instagram account on Thursday, accompanied by a photo, which shows Hugh wearing plaster on his nose.


The 45-year-old actor credited his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, for encouraging him to go see a doctor after a mysterious mole appeared on his nose.

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"Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked," he wrote on his Instagram page. "Boy, was she right! I had a basil cell carcinoma."


The Australian actor was determined to put his fame to good use in order to raise awareness around the subject.


"Please don't be foolish like me," he said. "Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!"


According to skincancer.org, "BCCs are abnormal, uncontrolled growths or lesions that arise in the skin's basal cells, which line the deepest layer of the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin)."


They are usually caused by "a combination of cumulative UV exposure and intense, occasional UV exposure."


Hugh 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.

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