Hugh Jackman Treated for Skin Cancer on His Nose for the Fifth Time
Hugh Jackman had opened up to PEOPLE in 2015 about his battle with skin cancer
Hugh Jackman has a very important message for his fans: Wear sunscreen!
The Wolverine star, 48, once again took to Instagram on Monday to share a bandaged post-op photo of himself after being treated for skin cancer on his nose.
“Another basal cell carcinoma,” he captioned the above photo. “Thanks to frequent checks & amazing doctors, all’s well. Looks worse w the dressing on then off! WEARSUNSCREEN.”
The actor was first treated for basal-cell carinoma in November 2013. He posted a photo online, saying his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, had encouraged him to get the “mark” checked.
This marks his fifth procedure on his nose.
Jackman opened up to PEOPLE about his battle with skin cancer in 2015, during which he admitted he was shocked to learn of his diagnosis.
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“It’s always a bit of a shock just hearing the word ‘cancer,’ ” he said. “Being an Australian it’s a very common thing. I never wore sunscreen growing up so I was a prime candidate for it.”
Basal-cell carcinoma is the single most common form of cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Almost 3 million cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. It almost never spreads beyond the lesion site but can be disfiguring if allowed to grow.
Along with the spot on his nose, he has also had skin cancer cells removed from his shoulder.
“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.”