Hugh Jackman Shares Risk of Skin Cancer Recurrence

When Australian actor Hugh Jackman shared a photo of his bandaged nose yesterday on Instagram, saying it was a basal cell skin cancer, it got more than 100,000 likes in just a few hours. In the post, he wrote: “An example of what happens when you don’t wear sunscreen.” 

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. About 2.8 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with it each year. They can be caused by cumulative exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, sunburns and indoor tanning. 

People who have had one BCC are at an increased risk for developing more of them, either in the same area or elsewhere on the body. In fact, Jackman’s fans know this wasn’t his first. He has posted post-surgery photos on Instagram in the past. During an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in April 2015, he said he’d had surgery on two basal cell carcinomas on his nose (while Letterman chimed in that he’d had five or six himself). 

Jackman, 47, who grew up in sunny Sydney, Australia, told Letterman he didn’t wear sunscreen as a kid. He ended by saying, “Please, please wear sunscreen! Get your kids to wear sunscreen. Tell them Wolverine wears sunscreen—whatever works.” 

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Published on February 9, 2016