Hugh Jackman reveals skin cancer treatment
Story by Jack Foley
HUGH Jackman has revealed that he has been treated for skin cancer after seeking advice for a mark on his nose.
The “Wolverine”: star posted an image of his face with a bandage on his nose on his Instagram account and wrote: “Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked.”
He said he had been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma (BCC), a form of cancer that usually develops when skin exposed to the sun. It accounts for about 75% of skin cancers.
Jackman said that it was his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, who had urged him to seek medical advice.
He continued: “Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right!”
Jackman has not revealed exactly when he was diagnosed or what treatment he received but he did urge anyone with concerns to seek medical advice.
“Please don’t be foolish like me,” he wrote. “Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!”
BCC produces cancerous cells on the surface of the skin which, if left untreated, can damage or disfigure surrounding tissue. It rarely spreads to other parts of the body but more often than not requires surgery to have it removed.
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