Cancer Type – Skin Cancer
Story – In February 2017, Hugh Jackman received his sixth operation to remove traces of skin cancer from his face. Jackman has battled Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) since 2013 when his first abnormal mole was discovered. The 48-year old actor urges fans and the public to get routine screenings, and has not been quiet about his diagnosis.
BCC is a disease that affects the outermost layers of the skin cells, the epidermis. Aside from melanoma, it is the most commonly-treated type of skin cancer and typically shows itself in the form of open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, or scars. 75% of all skin cancers are slow-growing basal cell carcinoma.
Jackman gets routine check-ups every three months. Having battled the disease six times, he feels this is important, yet humbly states that although it is cancer, it is the slowest growing form, and he trusts everything will be fine.
In an interview with Eyewitness News, he talks about sunscreen. As an Englishman growing up in Australia, he admits to never using sunscreen, “So here’s the thing. One sunburn, you’re susceptible to cancer. One. And all of this is 25, 30 years after, the doctor told me. Our rule, as kids, growing up, as you get burned and peel two or three times, then you’re set.”
Thank you Hugh for sharing your journey and encouraging others to have routine screenings.
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The Greatest Showman – Following a recent surgery to remove a growth from the right side of his nose, Hugh Jackman defied the doctor’s orders and sang at a rehearsal for his upcoming movie, this is really a treat to see the emotion, power, and unbridled charisma this man has https://www.facebook.com/GreatestShowman/videos/1571038469630436/
Hugh Jackman Skin Cancer Update
Hugh Jackman last dealt with Basal Cell Carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, in 2017. He is doing well and still acting. Born in 1968, the 6’ 3” Australian actor will be 52 this October. He has been very successful with his craft accumulating a net worth around $150 Million, from which he is very charitable. He supports many charities, including the Cancer Research Institute and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and several other health-related charities.
He married his wife Deborra-Lee Furness in 1996, and this year they celebrate 24 years of marriage. The couple was able to achieve their biggest dream of children when they adopted two children, Oscar Jackman and Ava Jackman. Hugh and Deborra adopted Oscar after his birth in 2000 and Ava in 2005. They reside in Melbourne, Australia.
After dealing with BCC seven times, Hugh is very vocal and unwavering about early screening for skin cancer. He never misses his screening every three months. He also is quite clear that as a younger man, he did not worry about sunscreen and wants others to know how important it is to protect their skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays so that in 20 or 30 years, they are not battling skin cancer.
Cancer Horizons appreciates Hugh Jackman and other stars who are willing to put their star power toward skin cancer awareness, finding a cure, and having regular screenings in order to detect cancer early.
Image Credits – By Dick Thomas Johnson from Tokyo, Japan / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)
|Born||Hugh Michael Jackman, 12 October 1968 (age 51) Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Citizenship||Australia, United Kingdom|
|Alma mater||University of Technology Sydney, Edith Cowan University|
|Occupation||Actor, singer, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Deborra-Lee Furness (m. 1996)|
|Honours||Companion of the Order of Australia|