Appearing at a David Lynch Foundation charity gala in New York earlier this week, Hugh Jackman took a moment to let the world know he's feeling fine.
“I’m all good! It’s all out,” he told Access Hollywood of his recent brush with skin cancer. “It was just a red dot on my nose and I was like, maybe I injured it in a fight sequence or something, and lo and behold it wasn’t – It was a basal cell carcinoma,” he continued. “I’m an Aussie, we have to get checked but everyone should get checked. Particularly if you’re my age. If you’re 21 or older, you just go and get checked. It’s simple.”
The 45-year-old Aussie last month posted to Instagram a selfie showing a heavily bandaged nose.
"Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked," the caption read. "Boy, was she right! I had a basil cell carcinoma. Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!"
According to SunSmart, Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, owing to climate, the fair skin of a majority of its population, and high levels of UV radiation. Some 750,000 Australians are treated for the disease each year.
“Basal cell carcinoma is linked to prolonged sun exposure without protection. Everyone should be aware of the risks of being in the sun too long without covering your skin or wearing sunscreen. I applaud Mr. Jackman for encouraging healthy skin care habits,” Dr. Goldman, President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery told Newsday.
To learn more about skin cancer - and the physical signs to watch for - hit the SunSmart site here.
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