Hugh Jackman's Battle With Cancer And The 2 Lessons He Learned From The Experience

Date December 12, 2017

A lot of celebrities use their star power to share positivity and sometimes, encourage people to learn from their own experiences. Hugh Jackman is doing both.

The actor is a survivor of basal cell carcinoma which meant he had to undergo surgery a few times. Jackman has been very open about his experience and the lessons he learned from the ordeal.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

When it comes to skin cancer, BCC, is one of the most common. It's symptoms usually involve open sores, red patches, scares or pink growths. The disease is known to affect the outermost layers of cells on the skin (the epidermis).

Is that lump/mole on your skin a BCC? Well, the signs to look out for is if it;

  • appears waxy;
  • is a firm, red lump;
  • has a crust or scab;
  • never seems to heal;
  • often itchy;
  • maybe even bleeds;
  • is scaly or crusty.

The good news is, this type of cancer is often treatable and does not normally spread past the tumour spot. But like any form of health issues, catching it early is always important. And we're glad one of our favourite actors did.

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Hugh Jackman's cancer struggle

The first time Jackman realised something was wrong was in 2015. The actor, who spoke with PEOPLE at the time, said he discovered the mark for the first time when a makeup artist pointed it out to him.

He was on the set of X Men: Days Of Future Past when the makeup artist said there was a spot of blood on his nose. At the time, he thought it was just from a fight sequence which made sense since he did a lot of stunts for his role.

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After a week of the scar looking like it was not healing, the actor's wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, urged him to see a doctor. He was later diagnosed with BCC. Understandably, hearing that word would be a shock to anyone's system.

Reflecting on what might have led to the condition, he told PEOPLE:

I never wore sunscreen growing up so I was a prime candidate for it.

In the years that followed, Jackman had to undergo up to six surgeries to take out the tumour.

Taking it one step at a time

Early this year, Jackman advised his fans to stay protected when under the sun as he announced he was getting his sixth surgery in two years. In an Instagram post, we could clearly see the spot on his nose which was covered with a bandage.

"Looks worse with the dressing on than off, I swear!" he assured his fans. In the post, he also added that he had been able to battle the condition thanks to the fact that he got checked out frequently. The hashtag #wearsunscreen was also added to the Instagram post as his message to his fans.

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We are glad to see that things have been going great with the star in terms of his health. From his story, we can learn two things:

  1. When you see something suspicious on your skin, get it checked out. You'll either be reassured that nothing is wrong, or you will catch a health problem early which is paramount to saving your life. It's a win-win, really.
  2. The second lesson Jackman had to teach us was the importance of wearing sunscreen. It takes a few minutes to apply but its protection can save you a whole lot of heartache, stress, trips to the doctors and surgeries.

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