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Hugh Jackman reveals skin cancer diagnosis

Posted by Kristi Palma  November 22, 2013 08:32 AM

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Actor Hugh Jackman's wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, saw a spot on her husband's nose and asked him to get it checked out. And it's a good thing he listened to her. It turns out the charismatic star had skin cancer -- basal cell carcinoma.

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Basal cell carcinoma is the most frequently occurring cancer, with about 2.8 million cases in the United States each year, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation. It almost never spreads and is only life-threatening in very rare cases, but can be highly disfiguring if left untreated

Jackman, 45, posted this post-treatment photo of his bandaged nose on Instagram, writing, "Deb 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!!!"

We're glad he got it checked out and is on the mend.

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