In his star role as “Wolverine” in the “X-Men” series, he is almost invulnerable. But in real life, Hugh Jackman has struggled with cancer for years. Now he is being treated again for cancer.
Hugh Jackman just can’t get rid of skin cancer. The 48-year-old had to undergo an operation for the sixth time in just three years to have a basal cell carcinoma removed from his nose.
As with previous interventions, he let his fans take part in the events: “Another basal cell carcinoma,” wrote the actor on Facebook and posted a photo of himself with a thick plaster on his nose. “Thanks to frequent check-ups and great doctors, everything is fine,” he gave the all-clear at the same time. He said he was more handsome with the plaster than without. “I swear!” Jackman tagged the message with the hashtag “WearSunScreen” (uses sunscreen!).
The 52-year-old actor, who has a history of skin cancer on his nose, shared a post on Instagram and said he will go in for a recheck after he is done shooting in around two months.
“Update on my biopsy: It’s comeback ‘inconclusive’. This means they didn’t take enough. That said, the worst it can be is a Basel Cell Carcinoma (BCC). So when I’m done filming, I’ll have it rechecked,” Hugh wrote alongside a short video clip.
“Take care of it immediately”
At the end of 2013, the Australian made public for the first time that he had to be treated for skin cancer. His spokesman told “E! News” at the time: “He’s fine now.” Jackman later also publicly thanked his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, who had pointed out the stain on his nose and sent him to the doctor. At that time he sent a warning to his fans: “You have to take care of it immediately because it is growing.”
Unfortunately, in his youth, no one admonished him to protect himself from excessive exposure to the sun, says Jackman, referring to the recurring skin cancer. In mid-2015 he reacted in his own way – and launched his own line of sun creams.
Lots of illnesses in Australia
Basal cell carcinoma, or basal cell carcinoma, is a tumor that, unlike melanoma, does not usually metastasize. This and a similar type of tumor are therefore also called semi-malignant or white skin cancer. In Germany, according to the German Cancer Aid, a good 200 per 100,000 inhabitants get it every year. In Australia, it is almost ten times more.