Cancer Type – Skin Cancer
Short Bio – Hugh Jackman, ‘Logan’ has undergone six surgeries battling the form of skin cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma, and urges all to get routine check-ups. Read his story here.
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, was 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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Image Credits – By Maximilian Bühn [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
|Born||Hugh Michael Jackman, 12 October 1968 (age 48), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Alma mater||Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, University of Technology, Sydney (BA)|
|Occupation||Actor, singer, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Deborra-Lee Furness (m. 1996)|