Hugh Jackman has warned of the dangers of skin cancer and has urged his six million Twitter followers to use sunscreen.
The actor posted a selfie on 8 February showing a plaster on his nose. It is believed that he is undergoing treatment to have another skin cancer growth removed from his face.
Jackman, 47, explained that he has basal cell carcinoma (BCC) which has developed after years of not using sun cream.
He took the opportunity to warn others about the health dangers of not using skin protection in the sun.
An example of what happens when you don't use sunscreen. Basal cell. Mildest form of cancer. USE SUNSCREEN PLEASE !! pic.twitter.com/phQsRS5QiI
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 8, 2016
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer in the UK.
It is a non-melanoma skin cancer, which means a group of cancers have slowly developed in the upper layers of the skin, according to the NHS.
Basal cell is caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or from using sun beds.
It can occur anywhere on the body, but is most commonly found on areas that are exposed to the sun such as the face, head, neck and ears.
According to the British Skin Foundation, it is also possible for a basal cell carcinoma to develop where burns, scars or ulcers have damaged the skin.
Those who are most at risk include:
- People with freckles or with pale skin and blond or red hair
- Those who have had a lot of exposure to the sun, such as people with outdoor hobbies or who work outdoors, and people who have lived in sunny climates
- People who use sun beds
- People who have previously had a basal cell carcinoma
Most incidences of basal cell carcinomas are painless. They tend to look like scabs which bleed occasionally and do not manage to heal.
"Some basal cell carcinomas are very superficial and look like a scaly red flat mark: others have a pearl-like rim surrounding a central crater. If left for years, the latter type can eventually erode the skin causing an ulcer," reads the British Skin Foundation website.
There are various methods for treating BCC which include radiation, laser surgery and applying topical medication. However if the cancer is left untreated, it can cause complications.
Speaking about his 2013 skin cancer diagnosis, Jackman told People magazine: "It's always a bit of a shock just hearing the word 'cancer'.
"Being an Australian it's a very common thing. I never wore sunscreen growing up so I was a prime candidate for it.
He added: "Basal cell carcinoma is just something you have to deal with. It's cancerous. It will grow. You just have to get it out."
Over a period of 18 months, Jackman had four skin cancers removed - three from his nose and one from his shoulder.
Since his diagnosis, he has worked to raise awareness of skin cancer and has launched a range of sun cream for children.
A few years back, the star had a cancerous mole removed from under his eye, telling the BBC that he knew his fair skin -- and years spent enjoying the sun -- upped his risk. "I went to see a specialist who thought they were better to be removed, and indeed he was correct," McGregor told the BBC.
The actress told Health magazine that her Aussie husband was instrumental in keeping her skin cancer from progressing. "A few years ago I had a mole on the back of my calf, and he was adamant that I get it checked," she told the publication. "In Australia, they're very aware of skin cancer. I finally went and it was skin cancer."
After appearing on her show with a small bandage on his nose, the actor told "Live! with Kelly" host Kelly Ripa he'd recently had a basal-cell carcinoma removed (via SFGate). "I'm Scots/Irish heritage and (that's what I get) for spending a misspent youth in Georgia with no sunscreen," Macy said.
The actress once underwent surgery to remove "the early stages of skin cancer from her face," CNN reported. According to CNN, Griffith's spokesperson explained that the surgery was done early enough to prevent any future complications.
The politician has had at least four melanomas, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Melanoma can almost always be cured in its early stages. But it is likely to spread to other parts of the body if it is not caught early," The American Cancer Society explains. "Melanoma is much less common than basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers ... but it is far more dangerous."
Though the actress is skin-cancer free, she told People magazine that her doctor once removed a precancerous mole from her face, which served as a real wake-up call. "All my girlfriends and I would go up on the roof in New York; we didn't have to be at the beach," Shields told People, explaining that she stopped tanning years ago. "You think that because you're not in the sun anymore, it's all in the past. And then something like that crops up and you're made aware of how dangerous it really can be."
The former First Lady had a tumor removed from her shin several years ago, the AP reported. It was a squamous cell carcinoma -- a non-melanoma skin cancer -- the main symptom of which is a "growing bump that may have a rough, scaly surface and flat reddish patches," the NIH explains.
The former NFL quarterback was told he had 100 percent chance of survival after a malignant melanoma was removed from his shoulder back in the late 1990s, according to Sports Illustrated.
The star reporter had minor surgery to remove a cancerous mole from his face, the AP reported. As Access Hollywood explained, he mentioned the procedure on his blog explaining that he had "a small spot of skin cancer removed from under my left eye."
The former reality TV star (who may be returning to it again soon) had a basal cell carcinoma inside her nose removed, which required doctors to remove part of her nostril, according to People. She's also had melanoma removed from her thigh, and now is very careful to avoid the sun.