According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The United States Environmental Protection Agency states that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Furthermore, one American dies every hour from skin cancer. Despite the scary statistics, the EPA says “unprotected exposure to UV radiation is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.” Australian actor Hugh Jackman knows too well the consequences of not applying sunblock. He has undergone six cancer treatments since it was first diagnosed in 2013.He played the iconic role of Wolverine/Logan, the mutant who self-heals wounds and diseases.
“Our rule as kids growing up was that you get burned and peel two or three times then you’re set. That was your base,” Jackman told ABC News. “I mean, it was crazy.”
“You were not allowed in the pool within 30 minutes of eating. Do you remember that one?” Jackman recalls. “You will die. Nothing about sunscreen.”
He said he assumed he got hurt and didn’t notice it right away in one of his physically demanding scenes.
“And trust me for 17 years I’ve played Wolverine and I’ve had more scraps and cuts … I’m very clumsy with those claws,” Jackman admits.
She urged her husband to get the cut checked immediately.
This is the most common type of cancer and also the least dangerous.
“So here’s the thing: One sunburn, you’re susceptible to cancer. One. And all of this is 25, 30 years after, the doctor told me,” he reveals.
“It’s always a bit of a shock just hearing the word ‘cancer,'” he told People.
“Basal cell carcinoma is just something you have to deal with. It’s cancerous. It will grow. You just have to get it out,” he points out.
Five from his nose and one from his shoulder.
He is encouraging anyone who will listen to wear sunscreen.
He hopes to raise awareness how sun exposure can have serious consequences.
“It’s the new normal for me. My doctor says I’ll likely have more and if that’s your cross to bear in life, you should be so lucky,” he adds.
“Most people want to know what a skin cancer looks like and I always say, ‘If you get a growth, a lump or a bump or something that looks a little odd to you, get it checked. See a dermatologist. Get a biopsy when warranted,'” Dr. Albom explains.
“I give Hugh a lot of credit for speaking out,” he says.
According to the American Cancer Society, 3.3 million Americans are diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma every year.
The deaths happen most commonly among the elderly whose cancer progressed, making it too late to treat.
“I’m really heartened to see in general the idea that to be sexy and beautiful you have to be tan is gone,” he admits.
Nonetheless, there are things people can do to lower their risk of developing it.
This is around 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest.
According to the American Cancer Society, this catchphrase should be a reminder to all to: -Slip on a shirt. -Slop on sunscreen. -Slap on a hat. -Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and sensitive skin around them.
He donned his claws for nine films.
Beyond that the Aussie is open to the future.
In between finding new roles, Jackman will continue to encourage others to wear sunscreen, in addition to all the philanthropic work he is involved in.