Tony Winner Hugh Jackman Reveals Skin Cancer Scare
By Andrew Gans
Tony winner Hugh Jackman, an Academy Award nominee for his performance in the international hit movie musical "Les Miserables," revealed via Instagram that he was recently treated for a basal cell carcinoma.
The singing actor posted Nov. 21, "[My wife] Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a basil cell carcinoma. Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!"
Jackman also included a photo of himself following a procedure to remove the basal cell.
Basal cell carcinoma, according to the Mayo Clinic, "is a type of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma begins in the basal cells — a type of cell within the skin that produces new skin cells as old ones die off. Basal cell carcinoma often appears as a waxy bump, though it can take other forms. Basal cell carcinoma occurs most often on areas of the skin that are often exposed to the sun, such as your face and neck. Most basal cell carcinomas are thought to be caused by long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight. Avoiding the sun and using sunscreen may help protect against basal cell carcinoma."
Mayo Clinic also warns that "rare, aggressive forms of basal cell carcinoma can invade and destroy nearby muscles, nerves and bone. Very rarely, basal cell carcinoma can spread to other areas of the body."
Jackman received a Special Tony Award in 2012 and took home the Tony in 2004 for his performance in The Boy From Oz. He has also been seen on Broadway in A Steady Rain and his solo show Back on Broadway.
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