Hugh Jackman treated for cancer

By Drum Digital
22 November 2013

Actor Hugh Jackman revealed that he had been treated for skin cancer, posting a picture of himself with a plaster on his nose.

The Wlobverine star warned Twitter followers to have suspicious marks checked and to use sunscreen.

"Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked," he wrote on his Twitter account, referring to his wife Deborra-Lee Furness.

"Boy, was she right! I had a basil (sic) cell carcinoma. Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!" he wrote, with a link to an Instagram picture of himself.

He did not explicitly say that he had had it removed, or when it was diagnosed. A spokesman, Alan Nierob, gave no other details, apart from the Twitter post.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer.

It usually develops on skin exposed to the sun such as the head, neck and back of hands, but is especially common on the face and nose. People who use tanning beds have a much higher risk of getting it.

"This type of skin cancer grows slowly. It rarely spreads to other parts of the body," said the AAD on its website, adding that treatment is "important because BCC can grow wide and deep, destroying skin tissue and bone."

- SAPA-AFP

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