Hugh Jackman has given out a PSA after he got cancer again.
The 48 year-old Oscar winner took to Twitter on Monday, to share that he received medical treatment for skin cancer once more. He underwent his fifth treatment on his nose.
The Wolverine star revealed on social media that this has been his fifth cancer bout in four years. He said, “Another basal cell carcinoma. Thanks to frequent body checks and amazing doctors, all is well. Looks worse with the dressing on than off. I swear! #wearsunscreen.” Jackman shared his photo showing his bandaged nose.
Jackman’s skin cancer was first detected in November 2013 when his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, insisted to get the “mark” on his nose examined.
The actor said at the time, “Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a basal cell carcinoma. Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!”
At present, he goes for examination every three months.
In an interview in 2015, Jackman said, “It’s always a bit of a shock just hearing the word ‘cancer’. Being an Australian it’s a very common thing. I never wore sunscreen growing up so I was a prime candidate for it.”
That same year, he launched a sunscreen line for children called Pure Sun Defense. The product included kid-friendly characters from Despicable Me, Frozen, The Avengers and Spider Man.
The celebrity explained, “Sun protection wasn’t as prominent for my generation and it’s important we emphasize its value for the next.”
Jackman formerly told his followers on social media that basal-cell carcinoma is not generally fatal. In 2016, he posted on Instagram explaining, “An example of what happens when you don’t wear sunscreen. Basal Cell. The mildest form of cancer but serious, nonetheless. PLEASE USE SUNSCREEN and get regular check-ups.”
The most common type of cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma, is a form of skin cancer. The condition is seldom life-threatening. However, it can bring about deformity and great damage to the skin and adjacent tissues. And so, it is still considered malignant.