by Hannah Carter, Contributing Writer
Hugh Jackman, the 46-year-old actor currently known best in his role as Wolverine, has just gone through his third round of treatment for basal cell carcinoma since November 2013. The Australian X-Men star is urging the his fans not to be concerned.
“Just to be clear,” Jackman told E! news earlier this year, “It is skin cancer — it’s a basal cell carcinoma which, of all the skin cancers, is the most minor.” His representative has publicly stated that Jackman’s health is not in any immediate danger following the treatment.
Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common forms of cancer people suffer of in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health, and is caused by harmful UV rays that can mutate cells when skin is exposed to the sun for long periods of time. Basal cell carcinoma is also generally treatable with regular check-ups to ensure that any new carcinomas are dealt with properly.
“I’m realistic about the future,” Jackman told the Associated Press, “and it’s more than likely that I’ll have at least one more but probably many more, which is not uncommon … growing up in Australia where I don’t remember ever being told to put sunscreen on.”
Basal cell carcinoma can be prevented by protecting skin from UV rays with hats, parasols, and sunscreen. We at SCIFI.radio encourage our readers to don their protective gear before going outside.
Remember, even Wolverine needs hats and sunscreen!
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Hugh, just get well soon.