Hugh Jackman cancer scare: Aussie star undergoes two biopsies

Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman has urged his followers to wear sunscreen.

Australian actor Hugh Jackson has warned his followers to wear sunscreen after undergoing two biopsy procedures.

The 54-year-old Wolverine star, who has previously been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, took to his social media channels to upload a video of himself with a patch over his nose.

“Hey guys. So, I wanted you to hear it from me just in case someone sees me on the street or whatever,” he said.

“I've just had two biopsies done. I just went to my doctor, Dr Iron, who's awesome. She just saw little things. Could be or could not be basal cell in her opinion, she doesn’t know.

Hugh Jackman in an Instagram video
Hugh Jackman has undergone two skin biopsies. Photo: Instagram/Hugh Jackman

Hugh went on to say that he’ll find out in two or three days whether or not he has basal cell carcinoma, which he has received treatment for multiple times now.

“If I can just take the opportunity to remind you that summer is coming for those of us here in the northern hemisphere, please wear sunscreen. It is just not worth it,” he continued.

“'No matter how much you want to tan, trust me, trust me, trust me. This is all stuff that happened 25 years ago and it’s coming out now. Put some sunscreen on. You’ll still have an incredible time out there alright. Please be safe.”


In 2017, Hugh took to his Instagram account to thank doctors for the successful results of his skin surgery, telling fans he was in the clear and urging them to get their skin checked.

Just four years later, in 2021, the actor uploaded another video to Instagram saying he had undergone a second skin biopsy in two years. He again urged fans to wear sunscreen and be vigilant with skin check-ups.

Hugh Jackman with a patch over his nose
The Australian actor urged his followers to wear sunscreen. Photo: Instagram/Hugh Jackman

According to the Cancer Council, basal cell carcinoma accounts for about 70% of non-melanoma skin cancers. It usually occurs on areas of the body that are regularly exposed to the sun, such as the head, face, neck, shoulders and back.

Symptoms include a pearly lump or a scaly dry area that is shiny and pale or bright pink in colour. Treatment includes biopsy, surgery or in some cases chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

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