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Hugh Jackman Offers Stark Warning To Fans After Skin Cancer Scare In Powerful Instagram Video

The actor warned his fans to wear sunscreen after having two biopsies on his nose for potential basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.

screenshot of Hugh Jackman's Instagram Reel from his home

Actor Hugh Jackman had a recent health scare. He's using that experience to help educate people on the importance of using sunscreen and getting regular skin cancer screenings.

Jackman had to have two spots on his nose biopsied to determine if the spots were basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer that affects the basal cells—the cells that help create new skin cells to replace the ones we naturally shed.

A biopsy is a procedure where a doctor removes a section of tissue from the body and examines it to determine if it is cancerous or otherwise unhealthy. Biopsies are often performed on irregular spots like moles, skin tags, lumps in breast tissue and any other seemingly abnormal tissue in the body.

Jackman said it will be a day or two before he will get the results of the biopsy and know whether the spots were cancerous or not. He reassured fans Basal Cell Carcinoma is not a super concerning form of skin cancer.

He went on to emphasize summer is on the way and it is incredibly important to use sunscreen.

"Summer is coming for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, please wear sunscreen. It is just not worth it. No matter how much you want a tan, trust me, trust me, trust me. This is all stuff that happened 25 years ago and it's coming out now."
"Put some sunscreen on. You'll still have an incredible time out there. Alright, please be safe."

You can view Jackman's video below:

The reactions on Instagram were incredibly positive.

Many wished Jackman well and thanked him for speaking up about the importance of preventative care and sunscreen.

Comment from Instagram user cbd1983 "Thank you for this PSA!! From your friendly neighborhood cancer surgeon :)"cbd1983/Instagram

Comment from Instagram user skincancerorg "Wishing you the best outcome. [yellow heart emoji] Thank you for all you do to educate the public on the importance of sun safety and the dangers of skin cancer!"skincancerorg/Instagram

Comment from Instagram user cmmfoy "Praying it's nothing. Thank you for using your platform to help others. [red heart emoji][praying hands emoji]"cmmfoy/Instagram

A lot of people shared their own stories of skin cancer diagnoses or scares.

They joined Jackman in encouraging others to use sunscreen and visit their doctor if they have any suspicious spots.

Comment from Instagram user cheezebiscuit "I hope your results are good. I have survived two malignant melanomas one at 27 and again at 53. It still amazes me how many people do not listen about sunscreen and getting skin checks. Well done for talking about it and hopefully at least your followers will take your advice [smiling face with heart eyes emoji]"cheezebiscuit/Instagram

Comment from Instagram user jewelledmermaid "Being a Queenslander and having a very small spot on the inside of my arm that turned out to be an early stage melanoma. (16 stitches). Definitely keep spreading the message about safe sun care. So important. Also get regular skin checks."jewelledmermaid/Instagram

Comment from Instagram user happy.sparrow3 "Thank you for sharing this. I just had a basal cell removed from my nose, I'm your age and yes, the damage was done 25 years ago. I loved the beach and a tan. Mohs surgery is no fun ids! And disfiguring"happy.sparrow3/Instagram

Comment from Instagram user lee_and_keith "About three weeks I went in to have a tag removed but instead the specialist found BCC between my nose and eye. Totally agree. Please people get checked every six months or every year. If you're very fair like myself. Let's spread the word"lee_and_keith/Instagram

Comment from Instagram user helene_gibbo "I had a small red spot on my chin, I watched it for 4 months thinking it was a pimple, feeling embarrassed I wen to my local GP .... cut a long story short, advanced melanoma, 10mm thick, 2 surgeries and 12 months of immunotherapy later I'm still fighting this frightening disease! Get your skin checked and wear a hat and sunscreen."helene_gibbo/Instagram

The American Cancer Society recommends a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Covering up as much as possible when in direct sunlight helps as clothing can also block UV rays that can cause skin damage.

They also strongly recommend avoiding tanning beds and UV lamps as they can also cause long-term damage to the skin.