Hugh Jackman urges fans to wear sunscreen after having skin cancer removed

Actor shows his nose covered in a plaster after having a cancerous growth removed

Hugh Jackman has urged fans to wear sunscreen after having a cancerous growth removed from his nose.

The Wolverine actor posted a picture on Twitter yesterday (February 8) showing his nose covered in a plaster with the caption: “An example of what happens when you don’t use sunscreen. Basal cell. Mildest form of cancer. USE SUNSCREEN PLEASE.”

According to The Guardian, this is the fifth time the Australian actor has had skin cancer removed.

He previously posted on Instagram about having a cancerous growth removed in late 2013, explaining that he was urged to seek medical advice by his wife, Deborra.

“Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right!” Jackman wrote at the time. “I had a basil cell carcinoma. Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!” he wrote at the time.

The British Skin Foundation says on its website that basal cell carcinomas are the most common type of skin cancer and “can be cured in almost every case, although treatment becomes complicated if they have been neglected for a very long time, or if they are in an awkward place – such as near the eye, nose or ear”.