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  • Action star and Broadway actor Hugh Jackman is once again appearing public all bandaged up after being treated for his third basal cell carcinoma in 12 months. A rep says that the Wolverine star is now “all good” but after his third procedure, Hugh has only one thing to say, “sunscreen.”

    Once again 46-year old Hugh Jackman took to Instagram to divulge his latest battle and this time he used an image of Baz Luhrmann‘s speech song “Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen),” captioned simply, “SUNSCREEN!”

    Hugh probably wasn’t surprised to once again be fighting skin cancer. After his previous treatment, he told the Associated Press that coming up against the Big C numerous times is par for the course for an Aussie.


    “I’m realistic about the future and it’s more than likely that I’ll have at least one more but probably many more, which is not uncommon for an Aussie, particularly from English stock growing up in Australia where I don’t remember ever being told to put sunscreen on,” the actor told the outlet.


    ”But the beauty of this is it’s all preventable, it’s just about getting proper checkups. I can be typical man, a little lazy, I couldn’t be bothered and now I’m not lazy at all.”


    Like the other times, Hugh was spotted with a bandage on his nose where the basal cell carcinoma had been removed, probably by a plastic surgeon.


    The first time Hugh had a cancerous spot taken off his nose, back in November 2013, 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.


    And the second time, he again posted a photo of his bandaged schnoz, writing as a caption, “Another Basel Cell Carsinoma. All out now. Thanks Dr. Albom and Dr. Arian. PLEASE! PLEASE! WEAR SUNSCREEN!”


    It is always important to wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days. As a bonus, sunscreen not only prevents cancer caused by exposure to UVA and UVB rays, but it also helps prevent premature signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles and “age spots.”


    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.


    Hugh isn’t the first celebrity to be a cautionary tale for the rest of us to remember to wear sunscreen. Other celebrities, including Eric Dane, Bruce Jenner, Ewan McGregor, Sarah Paulson and Anderson Cooper have all been spotted with bandaged faces after receiving treatment for cancerous growths.


    Hugh also set a trend. After having a growth removed, country star Kenny Rogers also showed off his bandaged face with a photo on Instagram and a reminder for people to get checked by a dermatologist.



    1 Comment so far

    1. Block Island Organics on November 3, 2014 8:43 am

      Great to see Hugh being so public about this! One thing we’d add is make sure to get a sunscreen labeled “Broad Spectrum”. This means it wil protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Both of these rays can cause premature aging, skin damage and skin cancer.

      Plus, the best advice is to wear sunscreen every day year round as sun exposure is an issue no matter the season.

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