Hugh Jackman broke the details of his recent cancer scare on Istagram. The 45-year-old X-Men star had undergone surgery to remove a cancerous lump from his nose. Jackman had learned that he had basil cell carcinoma after a recent doctor’s visit. So, how is the start feeling? Grateful! The Australian star thanked his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, for pushing him to get the mysterious spot on his nose checked out. That real life brush with death has left Hugh Jackman feeling relieved and ready to take his health more seriously!
Jackman only had a small lump on his nose but his wife grew concerned when they realized that it wasn’t going to go away on its own. Jackman’s wife urged him to get into the doctor and have it checked out. The actor confesses that she was right to not let it go! The spot turned out to be cancer and she might have truly saved his life.
Jackman is up and well again with just a tiny bandage on his nose. He showed off his cancer-free snout and encourage his fans to follow his lead. He told them “not be be foolish” like he was when he just ignored the bump. And his most important message? Always, always wear sunscreen! Hugh Jackman isn’t ready to brush off the value of this very real life-or-death scare with cancer. Like many stars who came before him, he is using it as an opportunity to teach a lesson to the public.
While it may be old news, did anyone else know before this that the 2008 Sexiest Man Alive was married with children? The Sydney-born star of Les Misérables and X-Men has been married to fellow Australian Deborra-Lee Furness since 1996. Alongside Hugh, Debra is a actress, director and producer. The 45-year-old actor and his 57-year-old wife have two adopted children together. Their son, Oscar, is 13 and their daughter, Ava, is now 8.
After an exhausting period of back-to-back filming schedules and this stressful cancer scare, Jackman is taking some much needed time off of work. His roles in Les Miserables, Prisoners, The Wolverine, and X-Men: Days of Future Past have left him without any time to relax over the past few years. He is looking forward to spending his new-found free time with his family in New York City.
According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, it is rare that Jackman’s particular type of cancer, basal cell carcinoma, spreads through the body. It can, however, cause disfigurement if it goes untreated for too long. This can only leave Jackman all the more grateful that he didn’t wait too long.
The Skin Cancer Foundation also reports that there are an average of 2.8 million new cases of basal cell carcinoma every year in the United States alone. With this disease becoming all too common, it’s good to see stars like Jackman out there spreading the word. While real life ordeal Hugh Jackman faced might not have brought him to brush with a death, it can be an important warning about skin cancer for everyone!
By Nicci Mende