Aussie legend Hugh Jackman has posted an unflattering picture of himself in a bid to convince his fans to get regular skin checks and wear sunscreen.
Well, okay, ‘unflattering’ might be too strong a word, considering Hugh is physically incapable of taking a bad photo…
… But he has posted a picture of himself with his nose covered in a dressing after the removal of a basal cell carcinoma, a common and usually non-invasive type of skin cancer.
“An example of what happens when you don’t wear sunscreen,” Jackman captioned the Instagram pic.
“Basal Cell. The mildest form of cancer but serious, nonetheless. PLEASE USE SUNSCREEN and get regular check-ups.”
Jackman, who shot to international fame with his role as Wolverine in the first X-Men film way back in the year 2000, had his first skin cancer removed in 2013 after his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, suggested he should get a mole on his nose checked.
Jackman now has his skin checked every three months. In 2014, he told reporters: “I’m realistic about the future and it’s more than likely that I’ll have at least one more but probably many more, which is not uncommon for an Aussie, particularly from English stock growing up in Australia, where I don’t remember ever being told to put sunscreen on.”
Basal cell carcinomas account for roughly 70 per cent of all non-melanoma skin cancers, and can develop into more aggressive forms of cancer. About 95 per cent are caused by UV exposure from sunlight.
So, do you think you can use sunscreen and get your skin checked — if not for yourself, then for Hugh?
It’s a deal, guys.