X-Men star Hugh Jackman’s pretty famous for playing the gruff, tough as nails Canuck with a temper, Wolverine, to a perfection. However, what fans didn’t know was that the Aussie actor has actually been suffering from skin cancer for a while. Not possessing Wolverine’s accelerated regenerative capabilities, the actor urged others to not make the same mistakes he did. He attributed his affliction to not protecting himself with sunscreen as a child.   Hugh Jackman fighting cancer

Hugh Jackman fighting cancer

This picture, from his Instagram account, shows his nose covered in a dressing after the removal of a basal cell carcinoma, a common and usually non-invasive type of skin cancer. This is the actor’s fourth time having a Basel Cell Carcinoma removed in the past three years, and using his latest battle with skin cancer as a warning to others, he said:    Hugh Jackman fighting cancer

“Being an Australian it’s a very common thing, I never wore sunscreen growing up so I was a prime candidate for it.”

Jackman also said that he gets skin checks done every three months. In 2014 he told reporters:

“I’m realistic about the future and it’s more than likely that I’ll have at least one more but probably many more, which is not uncommon for an Aussie particularly from English stock growing up in Australia where I don’t remember ever being told to put sunscreen on.”

Having had multiple removals, the first time was when a makeup artist noticed a little spot of blood on his nose while he was filming X-Men: Days of Future Past and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness also urged him to get it checked out.    Hugh Jackman fighting cancer

Hugh Jackman fighting cancer

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Worryingly Hugh said he had only recently had a check-up a week before the procedure cancer and had been given the all clear.   Hugh Jackman fighting cancer

‘In that one week it had grown, and it was probably the biggest one I had’

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common cancer in Caucasians, Hispanics, Chinese Asian and the Japanese, accounting for about 70% of all non-melanoma skin cancers. They are not invasive, but can require treatment as some may develop into more aggressive skin cancers. About 95% of them are caused by UV exposure to sunlight. There are about 500 deaths a year in Australia from non-melanoma skin cancers, according to the Cancer Council.   Hugh Jackman fighting cancer

So stay safe, and remember to put on your sunscreen before leaving your home!!

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