The actor’s ongoing battle with this issue is driving his plea
How many celebrities have to beg their fans to wear sunscreen for skin cancer rates to go down? Hugh Jackman took to social media following the removal of another skin cancer growth on his face, reports Today.
But despite consistent warnings, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United Sates, and one in five Americans will develop it in their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
The X-Men: Apocalypse actor has undergone another surgery to remove basal cell carcinoma—the most common form of non-melanoma skin cancer—on his nose.
This isn’t Jackman’s first skin cancer scare; back in 2013, the actor identified a suspicious spot on his nose while shooting a movie. When he noticed some blood, he just assumed he had scratched it—but then his makeup artist said something, and so did his wife.
She urged him to head to the doctor and sure enough, it was skin cancer.
Basal cell carcinoma usually forms on areas of your body that are regularly exposed to the sun, like your face and neck. It also looks a bit different than a cancerous mole.
It can appear as a growth or lesion that doesn’t want to heal and look translucent, brown, blue, or black in color. The lesions can even be scaly and reddish, or white and waxy like a scar, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Jackson has repeatedly developed these growths on his nose, which isn’t surprising.
If you’ve had non-melanoma skin cancer, you have a 30 to 50 percent chance of developing another one over the next 5 years, says Marc Glashofer, M.D., a skin cancer surgeon at the Dermatology Group in West Orange, New Jersey.
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! #wearsunscreen
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So heed Jackman’s warning: Lower your cancer risk by lathering up with sunscreen whenever you can. Think you have a strange-looking growth?
See your dermatologist, stat. He or she will check it out and offer proper treatment options. If you’re not sure that weird spot warrants a visit to the doc, here are five pictures that show you exactly what skin cancer looks like.