Hugh Jackman is the Australian actor best known for his recurring role as the Wolverine in the X-Men films, Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and now as Vincent in the upcoming Chappie movie, However, he is quickly becoming the international face of skin cancer.
He recently had his third basal cell carcinoma removed which was confirmed through his publicist and via his own Instagram account. Jackman’s honesty and willingness to talk about his battle with skin cancer is something not generally seen in an industry that strives for the appearance of perfection. Jackman admits to having been a “typical lazy man” when it came to wearing sunscreen and has gone out of his way to spread the word about his own struggles including mentioning it during interviews focused on his movies.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer with roughly 2.8 million cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Risk of skin cancer may be drastically reduced by observing safe sun habits, annual visits to a general dermatologist, and the daily use of a high SPF sunscreen. We salute Mr. Jackman, wish him a full recovery and thank him for his advocacy.