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  • George Takei, best known for his role as Star Trek’s Hikaru Sulu in the classic television series and known to younger audiences for his funny Internet presence that draws attention to current events, is reportedly battling skin cancer.

    77-year old George Takei recently showed up to an event sporting a large bandage across his cheek. Rather than a plastic surgery facelift, the bandage was placed closer to his cheek and George revealed that he had recently paid a visit to his dermatologist, who had removed a portion of his skin after detecting early signs of skin cancer there.

    According to The UK Sun newspaper, George said: “I went to my doctor for my physical last week and he detected an early skin cancer here.”


    “He cut it out and that’s why I’m wearing this.”


    With his typical wit, George added that the bandage was for medical reasons, not for treating domestic violence.


    “Let me assure you, my husband did not knock me out.”


    Wearing the bandage in public makes George amongst the latest celebrities to draw attention to the dangers of skin cancer and the importance of early detection. In the past, other celebrities such as Eric Dane, Bruce Jenner, Ewan McGregor, Sarah Paulson and Anderson Cooper have all been spotted with bandaged faces.


    Earlier this year, 75-year old country legend Kenny Rogers posted a photo of himself on social media wearing bandages and the humorous caption, “… but you should see the other guy!”


    Apparently the “other guy” in this instance was none other than skin cancer, as he followed the post with a poignant reminder and a promise for the future, “Had a bit of skin cancer removed today—I recommend everyone go get checked, especially since May is National Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month. Don’t worry though, I’m gonna look great in Knoxville this weekend!”


    And before Kenny, Aussie actor Hugh Jackman started the trend of showcasing bandages after skin cancer removal on social media.


    Hugh Jackman has twice posted to Instagram after a visit to his dermatologist—a trip his wife recommended he take.


    The first time Hugh had a cancerous spot taken off his nose, he acknowledged his wife for making him go to the dermatologist for a check up, writing, “Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a [basal] cell carcinoma. Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!” He also accompanied that important comment with a photo of himself sporting a bandage.


    With his second posting and photo, Hugh wrote, “Another Basel Cell Carsinoma. All out now. Thanks Dr. Albom and Dr. Arian. PLEASE! PLEASE! WEAR SUNSCREEN!” the 45-year-old actor wrote.


    In addition to the importance of wearing sunscreen, it is also important to visit a dermatologist to have any new spots or moles checked out.


    And of course, when stars known for plastic surgery are spotted with bandaged faces, a new face is the public’s first thought—not health concerns.