Hugh Jackman Reveals He Had Skin Cancer

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Hugh Jackman Reveals He Had Skin Cancer

Hugh Jackman posted a photo that surprised his many fans.

The Wolverine star and Tony award winner took to his Instagram account Thursday to show a picture of him with a bandage on his nose. The normally dapper star was dressed down. In the caption, Hugh Jackman reveals he had skin cancer:

“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!!!”

On November 13th, the actor was seen with a blemish of sorts on his nose as he was backstage at the Broadway production of Big Fish. His wife, actress Deborra-Lee Furness, advised him to get it checked out by a doctor. The results came back that that bump wasn’t just an annoying occurrence: it was basal cell carcinoma.

According to the Mayo Clinic, basal cell carcinoma, or BCC, is a type of skin cancer that happens within the basal cells. These cells are found within the skin and are responsible for producing new skin cells when the old skin cells die off. BCC usually happens on skin that has been exposed, so that could be a reason that this waxy-like buildup appeared on Hugh Jackman’s nose. It is mainly found on the ears, nose, and neck.

According to Web MD, BCC is the most common form of cancer, with more than 90 percent of people receiving treatment for it .In rare cases, it can be found on the chest, back, and arms, where these areas are not exposed to the sun all of the time. BCC never spreads to other parts of the body, but if left untreated, it could lead to disfiguration. It starts off as a dome-shaped bump that has lots of blood vessels surrounding it.

It is generally caused by the ultraviolet rays from the sun, which is why Hugh Jackman advised people to wear sunscreen. Tanning beds can also cause BCC, because they are concentrated forms of UV rays emitted onto the skin. It can take years for it to even become visible, but if left untreated, the worst case scenario is that the cancer could damage the eyes, ears, and nose if it is growing near those areas.

The best way to find out if a bump is a growth or not is to have a doctor perform a biopsy. If it comes back testing positive, treatment options include freezing, cutting, scooping out the cancer, and radiation to name a few. If the tumor is cut, then there will be stitches and possibly a scar. Scooping it out with a spoon-like device prevents the stitching, and that is performed in areas where it is not visible. Radiation is normally used if the tumor is found in an area that is hard to reach using surgery or for the elderly. There can be up to twenty radiation sessions to fully remove the cells. After the surgery, the cancer is practically gone unless the person doesn’t follow doctor’s orders of not using sunscreen and covering any areas that can be affected.

When Hugh Jackman revealed he had skin cancer, it showed that he was willing to let everyone know how important it was to take care of the body.

By: Renayle Fink

Skin Cancer Foundation

Mayo Clinic

Web MD

NY Daily News

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