Australian actor says he’s had five skin cancers removed since 2013 and urges his Instagram followers to get regular skin checks and wear sunscreen.

Hugh Jackman posting an image of his nose after the removal of a basal cell skin cancer, and urging followers to wear sunscreen.

Hugh Jackman has posted an image of his nose after the removal of a basal cell skin cancer, and urged followers to wear sunscreen.

Hugh Jackman has appealed to people to wear sunscreen and get regular skin checks by posting a picture of himself on social media after having a fifth skin cancer removed.

The picture shows his nose covered in a dressing after the removal of a basal cell carcinoma, a common and usually non-invasive type of skin cancer.

“An example of what happens when you don’t wear sunscreen. Basal Cell. The mildest form of cancer but serious, nonetheless,” Jackman wrote on the Instagram post.


The 47-year-old Australian actor, who starred as the Wolverine in the X-Men film series, says he had his first skin cancer removed in 2013 after his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, suggested he should get a mole on his nose checked.

“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 posted on Instagram at the time.

Jackman has said he has skin checks every three months. In 2014 he told reporters: “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.”

Basal cell carcinomas are relatively common, accounting for about 70% of all non-melanoma skin cancers. They are not invasive, but can require treatment as some may develop into more aggressive skin cancers. About 95% are caused by UV exposure from sunlight.

If you have any curious spots… go get it checked!

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