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06th Apr 2023

Hugh Jackman shares positive update after skin cancer scare

Kat O'Connor

Hugh Jackman has shared an update following a skin cancer scare.

Jackman had basal-cell carcinoma removed from his nose in both 2013 and 2014.

The Greatest Showman star urged his followers to wear sunscreen after the new scare this week. The actor underwent two biopsies earlier this week after his doctor noticed “little things that could be basal cell”.

He explained to his followers that basal cell is the least dangerous of skin cancers, but getting checked is something we should all do.

He posted a video following a visit to his doctor’s, “Basal cell, in the world of skin cancers, is the least dangerous of them all. However, summer is coming, please wear sunscreen. It is just not worth it, no matter how much you want to tan. Trust me, trust me, trust me.”

Hugh Jackman

Referring to his experience with skin cancer, Jackman said, “This is all stuff that happened 25 years ago that’s coming out now.”

He urged his followers to practice sun safety, especially as we get closer to the summer.


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“Put some sunscreen on. You’ll still have an incredible time out there. Please be safe,” he stressed.

Luckily, Jackman’s biopsies came back negative.

“Thank you ALL for the love. I feel it! And to the media for helping get this very important message out,” he wrote on his Instagram story.

“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 Wolverine star said.

skin cancer Ireland

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland.

13,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Ireland every year. It is the most common type of cancer in Ireland.

The National Cancer Registry of Ireland expects this number to double by 2040.

Skin cancer is a disease of skin cells. Nine out of every 10 cases are caused by UV rays from the sun or sunbeds.

Wearing sunscreen and avoiding the sun between 10 am and 4 pm can help reduce your risk of getting skin cancer.

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