Hugh Jackman is battling skin cancer again, and for the 5th time the Wolverine actor has undergone surgery on the cancerous cells on his nose. And once again he’s using his experience to protect us too.
48-year-old Jackman suffers recurring cases of basal cell carcinoma – the most commonly occurring cancer in the world. It’s caused by long-term sun exposure although it can also happen with intense sun exposure like sunburn, and usually occurs in areas that are most commonly exposed to the sun – your nose, face, shoulders and arms.
The multi-talented actor posted a photo of a bandage covering his nose on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, “Another basal cell carcinoma. Thanks to frequent body checks and amazing doctors, all is well. Looks worse with the dressing on than off. I swear!” he goes on to share the hashtag #wearsunscreen encouraging others to do the same.
It’s not the first time Jackman’s spoken about his fight against skin cancer. He’s made several statements about it in the past four years, and he’s not just thinking about himself either. His love for his own children is most certainly an incentive behind his work with Texas brand Pure Sun Defence. His goal? to create an affordable high factor sunscreen with cartoon characters on the bottles to appeal specifically to kids to make the job easier for mums. What a hero!
Last year after a similar procedure, Hugh posted a photo with a bandage over his nose. “An example of what happens when you don’t wear sunscreen. Basal Cell. The mildest form of cancer but serious, nonetheless. PLEASE USE SUNSCREEN and get regular check-ups.”
We know it’s the dead of winter, but it’s never a bad time to think about sun protection. Cover up with a good sunscreen (take a look at some of the best and worst here), clothing and ideally limit sun exposure. Most people do not apply enough sunscreen. As a guide, adults should aim to apply around two teaspoons of sunscreen to the face, arms and neck and two tablespoons for the rest of your body. If you are out in the sun for a long time sunscreen needs to be reapplied.
Also, invest in a good wide brim hat to protect your face. You can find all sorts of hats and clothing these days with SPF built right in!
Let’s get Hugh’s message out there: #wearsunscreen.