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Hugh Jackman Battled Skin Cancer 5 Times and Recently Had Go for a Check-up Again

Olowokandi Fiyin
Aug 19, 2021
09:00 A.M.
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Hugh Jackman is known for being an award-winning actor and one of Hollywood's finest. However, behind the scenes, he battled skin cancer for a while, and it seems the disease is rearing its ugly head again.


For a long time now, Hollywood A-lister Hugh Jackman has been an advocate of wearing sunscreen. This became his warning to fans after he was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma.

The actor has been battling with the skin condition since the 2010s and has treated it a couple of times. Recently, Jackman informed fans of another skin checkup, as he sensitized them on skin cancer.

Hugh Jackman at the Rakuten TV EMPIRE Awards 2018 at The Roundhouse on March 18, 2018 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images



Jackman was first diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma in 2013. The "Wolverine" actor's wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, had encouraged him to go for a medical checkup concerning a weird-looking mark on his nose.

According to Mayo Clinic, basal cell carcinoma is a benign form of skin cancer but requires medical attention. It often appears as a bump caused by long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight.


At the time, Jackman was treated for the skin condition, and in 2015, he got diagnosed again. The star actor relayed to People Magazine that learning of his skin condition was shocking.

However, he recalled growing up without the idea of sunscreen. Jackman has since undergone surgery five times. He has also shared that regular checkups became part of him after the first diagnosis.


Aside from the surgery on his nose, Jackman has had skin cancer cells extracted from his shoulder. He reportedly visits the hospital every three months for a check-up.

Jackman isn't the only Hollywood star who has had skin cancer and publicly spoken about it.



More than three years since his last surgery, Jackman seems to be battling the condition again. Earlier this month, the actor opened up about his health on Instagram, letting fans know he went for a recent check-up.

The actor noted that his skin biopsy came after his dermatologist noticed an unusual growth. He shared in the caption of the Instagram clip, which saw him wearing a plaster on his nose.

"Update on my biopsy: It’s comeback “inconclusive”. This means they didn’t take enough. That said, the worst it can be is a Basel Cell Carcinoma (BCC)."


The "Logan" star added that he would go back for another check-up once he was done filming. However, he assured fans that the doctors were not worried about the result because they believe it is probably a basal cell carcinoma that is non-threatening.

In another video, Jackman reiterated his skincare advice. He asked fans to cultivate the habit of regular skin checks and not be dismissive about skin cancer. Jackman also wrote that sunscreens should not be forgotten.



Jackman isn't the only Hollywood star who has had skin cancer and publicly spoken about it. In 2009, Melanie Griffith was said to have undergone surgery to erase the early stages of skin cancer.

In 2017, she had another surgery to eliminate basal cell carcinoma, which affected her son. TV star Khloe Kardashian has opened up about having moles on her body, and she noticed one growing under her breast.

After a biopsy was performed, the mole was said to be mild. However, skin cancer was detected on a mole on her back. Also, Reggae legend Bob Marey lost his life to skin cancer in 1981.


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