Hugh Jackman Confirms That His Cancer Has Returned

Hugh Jackman is being treated for basal cell carcinoma for the sixth time, according to his social media posts. The actor has been an advocate for skin cancer awareness and the importance of sunscreen.

Hugh Jackman has announced on his Twitter and Instagram feed that he has undergone another treatment for skin cancer. He says: “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”

This form of skin cancer is the most common and rarely fatal.

Hugh Jackman’s Skin Cancer

The Australian star’s treatments date back to 2013. This growth can look like an open sore or a red patch, or appear as a shiny bump or scar.

Jackman has been dedicated to using his social media to raise awareness of the dangers of unprotected sun exposure. 

Indeed, just last year he posted an similar image to this on his Facebook page, after a treatment.

And back in 2013 the actor first announced his diagnoses by writing, “Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!”

Are You At Risk?

More than 8 in 10 of the 3.3 million Americans diagnosed with skin cancer each year have basal cell carcinoma, according to the American Cancer Society. South Africa has the second highest rate of Skin Cancer in the world, after Australia. With 20 000 reported cases every year and 700 deaths.  

sunbathingAccording to CANSA, The three most common types of skin cancer are:

  • basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
  • squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
  • malignant melanoma

They add that: “A significant part of a person’s lifetime exposure occurs before the age of 18. Overexposure to ultraviolet radiation can also lead to inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva of the eye, and may cause and accelerate the development of cataracts.”

Understanding SPF

The SPF measurement is not as arbitrary as you might think. It refers to the extra amount of protection the sunscreen will give to your skin. If you usually take 5 minutes to burn when exposed to the sun then an SPF 35 will give you 35 times the amount of protection, in this case 175 minutes.

How Can You Prevent Skin Cancer?

To prevent skin cancer, CANSA advocates the following:

  •  Avoid direct sunlight between 10:00 and 15:00 when the sun‟s rays are most dangerous. Stay in the shade or under an umbrella as much as
  • UV rays reflect off cement, water, sand, glass and grass and can therefore cause sunburn in the shade. UV rays are not the same as heat. You can get overexposed even in cool weather – so take care on windy or overcast days.Hugh Jackman
  • Cover up by wearing thickly-woven hats with wide brims and loose fitting clothes, made of tightly-woven, fabric that is cool, but will block
    out harmful UV rays. Look out for UV protective swimsuits and beach wear as UV radiation can penetrate fabric. S
  • Always apply sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of a minimum of 20 and not higher than 50, to all exposed skin areas,
    preferably one bearing the CANSA Seal. Re-apply regularly (at least every two hours), after towel-drying, perspiring or swimming. Apply it
    liberally to all exposed skin; including the back of the neck, tips of ears, arms, feet and hands. The use of sunscreen lotion is not a license to “bare all” in the sun. Go under cover whenever possible.
  • Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses with a UV protection rating of UV400.
  •  Use lip balm with a minimum of SPF 20 and apply regularly.
  •  Avoid sunlamps and tanning parlours.
  • Take special care to protect children – babies younger than one year
    should never be exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Check your skin regularly for changes, unusual marks or moles. An annual medical examination should include a skin check. Ask a friend
    to check your back and the back of your legs for spots or changes you may not notice yourself.