X-Men star Hugh Jackman shared his cancer diagnosis with the world through his Twitter and Instagram profiles. Jackman posted a close-up shot of his face, showing a bandage covering his nose. The actor wrote with the photo, “An example of what happens when you don’t wear sunscreen. Basal Cell. The mildest form of cancer but serious, nonetheless. PLEASE USE SUNSCREEN and get regular check-ups [sic].” The 47-year-old Hollywood star tweeted the same message and picture, which has caused a lot of panic for his huge fan base.
Jackman revealed the cancer to be a basal cell carcinoma, a malignant skin tumor commonly seen in the U.S., often growing on the epidermis of the nose, ear, and/or cheek area below the eyes. The symptoms of this cancer are inflammation, acne scars, and tumorous outgrowth on the affected skin. Like the Wolverine star suggested, the onset of this form of skin cancer is most often the result of not regularly using sunscreen on the face, especially the nose.
Even though Hugh Jackman’s skin cancer diagnosis is the mildest form, hundreds of Instagram users commented on his post, hoping that the actor recovers and escapes this dangerous disease. The post on Twitter has also been retweeted over a thousand times, and counting.
An example of what happens when you don’t use sunscreen. Basal cell. Mildest form of cancer. USE SUNSCREEN PLEASE !! pic.twitter.com/phQsRS5QiI
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 8, 2016
On both social networks, fan messages are continuously pouring in with encouraging words. Some even humorously commented about how Jackman can’t have cancer because his X-Men mutant character doesn’t get hurt or die. Unfortunately, however, this isn’t the first time Hugh Jackman has struggled with skin cancer. The actor first had a basal cell carcinoma surgically removed back in November 2013, and again in May 2014. In every occurrence, Jackman has encouraged his fans to wear sunscreen—let’s hope people listen!