The actor took to Instagram recently to open up about having his sixth skin cancer in 4 years removed.
Jackman also used this opportunity to send, yet again, a message about the dangers of not wearing sunscreen to his 10 million followers.
Along with the photo of himself with a band aid on his nose, he wrote the following: “Another basal cell carcinoma. Thanks to frequent body checks and amazing doctors, all is well. Looks worse with the dressing on than off. I swear! #wearsunscreen.”
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Basal cell carcinoma, or BCC, is a type of skin cancer usually caused by the over-exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or sun beds. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, BCC is by far the most frequent form of skin cancer with around three million cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
This is the sixth time the X-Men star is dealing with BCC.
He had his first one removed in 2013 after having a mole checked under the advice of his wife Deborra-Lee Furness.
This is what he wrote back then: “Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a basil cell carcinoma. Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!”
Speaking to People magazine in 2015, Jackman talked about how growing up in Australia made him a ‘prime candidate’ for skin cancer, while he also admitted he never wore sunscreen. This is why the actor takes to social media after every treatment to warn his fans about the dangers of skin cancer.
“I go every three months for check-ups,” he said. “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.”