He may play the invincible Wolverine on the big screen, but in real life, 45-year-old Hugh Jackman is subject to all the same, common maladies as the rest of us.
Today Jackman announced to his Instagram followers that he had to have a basal cell carcinoma removed from his nose:
“Deb [his wife] said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a basil cell carcinoma. Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!”
Skin has two main layers:
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer, affecting approximately one million Americans each year. In fact, it is the most common of all cancers. More than one out of every three new cancers are skin cancers, and the vast majority are basal cell carcinomas.
Basal cell carcinoma starts in the epidermis. It grows slowly and is painless. The majority of these cancers occur on areas of skin that are regularly exposed to sunlight or other ultraviolet radiation. UV radiation comes from the sun, sunlamps, tanning beds, or tanning booths. A person’s risk of skin cancer is related to lifetime exposure to UV radiation. Basal cell skin cancer used to be more common in people over age 40, but is now often diagnosed in younger people, and the sun can damage the skin from an early age.
The risk for basal cell skin cancer is higher if you have fair skin, blue or green eyes, blond or red hair, or a history of overexposure to x-rays or other forms of radiation. Basal cell carcinoma occurs most commonly on parts of the body exposed to the sun- especially the face, ears, neck, scalp, shoulders, and back.
Basal cell skin cancer almost never spreads to distant sites. But, if left untreated, it may grow into surrounding areas and nearby tissues and bone.
A change on the skin is the most common sign of skin cancer. This may be a new growth, a sore that doesn’t heal, or a change in an old growth. Not all skin cancers look the same. Usually, skin cancer is not painful.
Common symptoms of basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer include:
Treatment depends on the size, depth, and location of the skin cancer, as well as your overall health.
Treatment may involve:
The best way to prevent skin cancer is to reduce your exposure to sunlight. Ultraviolet light is most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try to avoid sun exposure during these hours. Protect the skin by wearing hats, long-sleeved shirts, long skirts, or pants.
Always use sunscreen:
Other important facts to help you avoid too much sun exposure:
Examine the skin regularly for unusual growths or skin changes.
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