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With summer finally starting to make an appearance here in the UK, it’s tempting to sunbathe in the sun’s rays for the day when you have some spare time. As is well known, the sun contains harmful UV rays which can increase our risk of skin cancer.
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, with an estimated 100,000 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer every year in the UK.
Actor Hugh Jackman is famous for roles such as Wolverine in the new highly-anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past film, and he arrived at the premiere in Los Angeles with a plaster on his nose. He had had a basal cell carcinoma removed from his nose, and this was the second time that the actor had had a cancerous growth removed.
“[Wife] Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a basal cell carcinoma.” Jackman said after the first growth was removed.
“Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And use sunscreen!” he added.
The newest development is another basal cell carcinoma on his nose, which has since been removed. The actor, and father of two, posted this picture on Instagram with the caption, ‘Another Basel Cell Carcinoma. All out now. Thanks Dr. Albom and Dr. Arian. PLEASE! PLEASE! WEAR SUNSCREEN!’ reiterating his previous message to his followers.
Jackman isn’t the only celebrity to have been affected by the common condition. Ewan McGregor, William H Macy and Brooke Shields are just a few who have publicly shared their experiences about how their love of the sun has caused serious repercussions.
Hugh hasn’t revealed any further details about his experience with skin cancer, but basal cell carcinoma usually presents itself as a red or pale lump and is usually present on areas of skin which have experienced chronic skin exposure, such as the face, head, and neck.