This sun-loving star has some skincare advice for others like him.
Hugh Jackman took to social media to remind fans to wear sunscreen after undergoing two biopsies for basal cell carcinoma.
“I wanted you to hear it from me just in case someone sees me on the street or whatever,” Jackman, 54, who was wearing a bandage on his nose, said in the video posted Monday.
He continued, “I’ve just had two biopsies done. I just went to my doctor … and she just saw little things, could be or could not be basal cell, in her opinion. She doesn’t know.”
The “Greatest Showman” star assured his fans that he’ll find out about the results in two to three days and will let them know what he finds out.
He made sure to note that basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is “the least dangerous” skin cancer.
BCC is the most common form of skin cancer and the most frequently occurring form of all cancers, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Around 3.6 million people are diagnosed with BCC every year in the US alone.
BCC most often occurs when exposure to UV radiation from the sun or indoor tanning causes changes in basal cells, which are responsible for producing new skin cells as old ones die. However, when caught and treated early, there will be minimal damage.
Jackman took this as an opportunity to advise everyone about the importance of sunscreen and taking care of your skin.
“If I can just take this opportunity to remind you, summer is coming for those of us in the northern hemisphere, please wear sunscreen. It is just not worth it. No matter how much you want a tan, trust me, trust me, trust me,” he said.
He concluded, “This is all stuff that happened 25 years ago and it’s coming out now. Put some sunscreen on. You’ll still have an incredible time out there. Alright. Please be safe.”
Jackman wrote in the caption alongside his video: “I know you’ve heard me talk about my basal cell carcinomas before. I’m going to keep talking about them, if need be. And if it reminds even one person to put on sunscreen with a high SPF, then I’m happy.”
The Aussie actor has previously been treated for basal cell carcinoma, having already had six removals done.