Hugh Jackman is Treated for Cancer for the 5th Time
Posted 02/14/2017 2721 0
The Hollywood star, who hails from Australia, posted a photo of himself on Instagram with a bandage on his nose.
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.”
Basal-cell carcinoma is a slow-growing form of skin cancer. Jackman has been open about his battle against skin cancer in recent years. He also posted a selfie of his bandaged nose in 2013 and showed up at a movie premiere the next year two days after having a growth removed.
Hugh, who is now required to have his skin checked every three months, previously also had cancer removed from his shoulder and has been vocal about urging others to get checked.
He has said: "It's always a bit of a shock just hearing the word 'cancer'. Being an Australian, [skin cancer] is a very common thing. I never wore sunscreen growing up so I was a prime candidate for it.
"I was trying to keep calm about it... basal cell carcinoma is just something you have to deal with. It's cancerous. It will grow. You just have to get it out.
"I go every three months for checkups. 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."
And he has praised his fellow Australian star Nicole Kidman for encouraging paler people to embrace and take care of their complexions.
He said: "I'm heartened to see the idea that to be sexy and beautiful you have to be tan is gone. People like Nicole Kidman have done a great job. She was made fun of when she was a kid in Australia because she stayed in the shade. No one is making fun of her now."
More than 8 in 10 of the 3.3 million Americans diagnosed with skin cancer each year have basal cell carcinoma, according to the American Cancer Society. So, better take his words!
However, the diagnosis hasn't slowed the actor down. "Logan," the third installment in the X-Men franchise's Wolverine series is scheduled to open in movie theaters in March. He also stars as P.T. Barnum in the musical biopic "The Greatest Showman on Earth," which is slated to open at the end of this year.