Hugh Jackman treated for skin cancer after wife encourages actor to get growth checked
Hugh Jackman has been treated for skin cancer after discovering a growth on his nose.
The actor opened up about his health scare on Thursday by posting a picture of himself online with the skin on his nose covered after he was treated by doctors.
He was encouraged to seek medical help by his wife Deborra-Lee Furness who became concerned after spotting the mark on his face.
Along with the image, he wrote: “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!!!”
Basal cell carcinoma is a form of skin cancer which results in a sore on the skin which comes from long-term exposure to the sun.
Hugh is not the first star to encourage fans to take care of their skin and be open when it comes to fighting cancer.
Earlier this year, fellow actor Samuel L Jackson said:
“Guys don’t talk about their health issues, unless they’ve got a sprained ankle. We’ll talk about our injuries but we won’t talk about our illnesses, so I think it’s time we do that …
“And most guys think the only cancer guys get is prostate cancer, or they look at televisions and see it as basically a woman’s problem, but it’s not. So I realised that we do really need to make men aware of the fact that cancer is a very serious thing for guys.”
And the star thanked Hugh for encouraging people to get checked in a post on Twitter on Thursday evening.
He wrote: “Thanks @RealHughJackman for getting checked. Spread the word.”