Thursday 20 September 2018

Hugh Jackman treated for nose cancer

Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness. Photo REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness. Photo REUTERS/Fred Prouser

STAR of Les Miserables Hugh Jackman was treated for skin cancer after his wife urged him to get checked.

The Australian actor showed fans a photograph of himself after the treatment for basal cell carcinoma.

But Oscar-nominated Jackman (45) said that it wouldn't have been spotted but for his wife's, Deborra-Lee Furness, intervention.

"Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right!" he said on Twitter.



"I had basil [sic] cell carcinoma. Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked.

"And USE sunscreen!"

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a form of skin cancer which results in a sore on the skin which comes from long-term exposure to the sun.

BCC can be highly disfiguring if allowed to grow, but almost never spreads beyond the original tumour site. Only in rare cases can BCC spread to other parts of the body and become life-threatening.

Australia has the highest skin cancer rate in the world, and two out of three Australians will be diagnosed before the age of 70.

The star did not reveal when he had treatment but he is not the first star to encourage fans to be open when it comes to cancer.

Actor Samuel L Jackson highlighted men's reluctance to speaking about cancer.

"Guys don't talk about their health issues, unless they've got a sprained ankle. We'll talk about our injuries but we won't talk about our illnesses, so I think it's time we do that," he said earlier this year.

"And most guys think the only cancer guys get is prostate cancer, or they look at televisions and see it as basically a woman's problem, but it's not.

"So I realised that we do really need to make men aware of the fact that cancer is a very serious thing for guys."

The star thanked Hugh for encouraging people to get checked in a post on Twitter.

He wrote: "Thanks Hugh Jackman for getting checked. Spread the word."


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