Hugh Jackman urges fans to wear sunscreen following his recent skin biopsies

By Natalie Kruvant | Fact-checked by MDLinx staff
Published April 5, 2023

Key Takeaways

  • Hugh Jackman recently posted a video begging fans to wear sunscreen after he had skin biopsies to test for Basal cell carcinoma.

  • Jackman has had skin biopsies in the past and has shared his skincare journey with fans.

Hugh Jackman, known for his role in “X-men” and “Les Misérables,” has made a recent video on Instagram urging his fans to wear sunscreen after he has a scare with Basal cell carcinoma (BCC). 

In the video, Jackman, 54, tells viewers that he had two biopsies after his doctor saw possible signs of BCC. Hugh Jackman appeared on camera with a bandage covering his nose.  

Jackman let fans know that he will know the results of the biopsies in a few days and plans to share those results. 

“Please wear sunscreen; it is just not worth it. No matter how much you want to tan,” said Jackman. 

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD), BCC  is one of the most common types of skin cancer and can be treated.[]

More than 3.5 million Americans are diagnosed with BCC each year, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.[] 

Jackman is familiar with BCC scares. In 2021 he posted a video explaining that he had a skin biopsy. He also posted other photos in 2017, 2014, and 2013 following similar skin biopsies.

"Basal cell carcinomas [BCCs] (aka epitheliomas) comprise the majority of non-melanoma skin cancers, with a lifetime prevalence of 30 percent in US Caucasians," says Scott Cunningham, M.D.

"Interestingly, not only is the incidence of BCCs on the rise, but the percentage of aggressive BCCs is also increasing. Although nearly one-half of patients with a BCC will have non-metastatic recurrent lesions, the multiple biopsies Mr. Jackman has had over the years since the initial diagnosis in 2013 highlight the importance of regular, post-treatment follow-up evaluations," says Cunningham.

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