Actor Hugh Jackman is proving to be Wolverine in real life as he shares his battle with his sixth skin cancer in since 2013.
In a tweet, Jackman shared a bandaged photo of himself saying that all is well thanks to frequent body checks and excellent doctors. He even jested that his nose, where the carcinoma has been spotted, looks worse with the dressing on than off. Further, the actor capped off the post with a strong reminder for his fans to wear sunscreen.
Another basal cell carcinoma. Thanks to frequent checks & amazing doctors, all's well. Looks worse w the dressing on than off! WEARSUNSCREEN pic.twitter.com/IA7N6Ca3Oe
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) Feb. 13, 2017
Though basal cell carcinoma is the mildest and most commonly occurring cancer in the United States, it is no less serious compared with other forms of cancer especially since anyone who spends time under the sun is at risk of the disease. However, people with light skin and hair are more susceptible. In addition, the Australian actor is even more at risk because Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world.
BCC is said to rarely spread to other parts of the body, and is rarely ever life-threatening. However, as with most diseases, prevention is the key to avoid having to deal with the disease in the first place.
Preventing Basal Cell Carcinoma
Just as Hugh Jackman urged everyone in his tweet, experts also recommend using sunscreen on a daily basis especially when expecting direct sun exposure. Using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher is ideal for everyday use, but extended exposure to sunlight would require an SPF of 30 or higher. In addition, application of two tablespoons of sunscreen is also recommended 30 minutes before exposure, every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Experts suggest seeking shade during the hours when the sun is at its peak, which is usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Further, avoid extreme sun exposures to the point of getting sun burns.
If you truly must be out when the sun's rays are strongest, then it's best to cover exposed skin with ample clothing or even a wide brimmed hat. UV-blocking eyeglasses are also recommended to protect your eyes.
Examine Your Skin
Even if you follow all the guidelines, it's best to keep checking yourself from head to toe for any signs of BCC every month. Though they may not turn out to be cancer, should you notice any atypical moles, growths or irregularities on your skin, it's best to have them checked by a professional.