(NEW YORK) – Hugh Jackman urged fans to wear sunscreen when he revealed Monday that he had recently undergone a skin biopsy after his doctor noticed something “irregular” on his skin.
The Australian actor shared a video on social media pulling down his mask and showing his bandaged nose. While reassuring fans that he will be fine, Jackman emphasized the importance of wearing sunscreen every day.
“I just want you to know that I just went to … my great dermatologists and doctors and they saw something that was a little erratic,” the Greatest Showman star explained as he pointed to his bandaged nose. “So they did a biopsy and they’re getting it checked out.”
Jackman, 52, thanked fans for their concern, assured them not to “freak out,” and promised to keep everyone informed.
“They think it’s probably okay,” he continued. “But remember, go get a check and wear sunscreen. Don’t be like me as a child, just wear sunscreen. “
The actor revealed in a 2015 interview with ABC News that he spent most of his childhood playing in the hot Australian sun and neglecting to wear sunscreen. In 2013 he was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.
In the years that followed, Jackman continued to remind fans of the importance of sunscreen, announcing in 2016 that he had to undergo another biopsy.
“An example of what happens when you don’t wear sunscreen. Basal cell. The mildest form of cancer, but serious nonetheless. PLEASE USE SUN PROTECTION and have yourself checked regularly, ”he wrote at the time.
In 2017, he shared a similar message about his ongoing battle against skin cancer, crediting his “frequent checkups” for spotting it early.
The Mayo Clinic says basal cell carcinoma is caused by long-term exposure to UV sunlight, and says wearing sunscreen is the best way to prevent it.
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