Hugh Jackman has recently been doing really well, he was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2013 and since then he has been raising awareness about skin cancer and the necessity of wearing a sunscreen at all times. He was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma; it usually appears on the face and neck and is the most common type of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is non invasive and doesn’t spread to the rest of the body or does very rarely, the basal cell carcinoma starts off as a small bumpy growth, mole or pimple on the face, nose and neck.
Hugh Jackman in 2015 told the tabloids the importance of wearing a sunscreen and protecting yourself from the Sun’s UVA and UVB rays that can cause skin cancer, the Australian born actor said that skin cancer was a very common occurrence in Australians. He admitted that he was guilty of not wearing sunscreen while growing up. The word “cancer” is very scary, but early diagnosis can always help in treating and fast recovery.
Tanning beds and the urge to get tanner makes people sit in the sun for longer hours, and it puts one at risk of developing basal cell carcinoma. The actor encourages people to be happy with the skin they have. The actor has had a sixth operation to remove cancer cells from his nose since 2013. Basal cell carcinoma affects the cells of the epidermis, that is the outer most layer, but if left untreated it can go into deeper layers of the skin and can be difficult to remove.
Basal cell carcinoma can reoccur like in Hugh Jackman’s case, and frequent check ups with the doctors are necessary to stop the re-occurrence. To stay protected from this type of cancer avoid the Sun, especially if you’re a red head, wear sunscreen SPF 30 or above, don’t use tanning beds, wear sunglasses, reapply sunscreen every two hours of being in the sun, always check unusual marks, bumps, moles and spots on your face and neck.