The Project's Peter Helliar reveals skin cancer scare

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Peter Helliar appeared on The Project on Monday night with a small bandage on his face with his co-hosts questioning what was going on. 

The 46-year-old then jokingly blamed Hugh Jackman, who recently shared a post about getting your skin checked as he's had a few skin cancer scares. 

Peter Helliar on The Project with a bandage on his face
Peter Helliar appeared on The Project with a bandage on his face, sharing he'd had a skin check and doctors found something they wanted to check on. Photo: Ten

"It is Hugh Jackman's fault!" Pete told his co-hosts. "He posted something about getting his skin checked. He found a couple of things, I did the same, they found a few things. They are having a closer look and will find out soon."

Peter then encouraged viewers to ensure they're taking care of themselves despite being in the middle of a pandemic and lockdowns.

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"It is important to stay on top of the things you should stay on top of. Don't put things off because we are going through a pandemic," he said.

Hugh recently updated fans after also sharing he'd had a biopsy taken from his nose, revealing the results were inconclusive.

"It actually came back inconclusive which means they didn't take enough because I am about to start filming so we didn't want to go too deep," the actor shared.

He added, however, that his doctors weren't too concerned and that he'd return for another check once he's finished filming in two months.

"I know I'm repeating myself and will probably not stop… please get skin checks and wear sunscreen. If by posting about this I remind one person to go see their dermatologist - I'm happy," he wrote. 

Hugh was treated for basal cell carcinoma in November 2013 and has since been very vocal about protecting yourself from the sun and getting regular skin checks.

Speaking with People in 2015, the actor shared how he now gets check-ups "every three months" since the initial diagnosis.

Hugh Jackman skin cancer
Hugh Jackman has been very vocal about having regular skin checks, often telling his fans not to wait. Photo: Instagram/Hugh Jackman

"It's the new normal for me," he said. "My doctor says I'll likely have more, and if that's your cross to bear in life, you should be so lucky."

He added, "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."

In an interview with ABC News that same year he shared the rule his parents did have when playing outside, "I don't think my dad or mum ever bought it or made us put it on,' he said. 'The thing I remember most, the rule about being outdoors was you weren't allowed to swim within half an hour of eating ... and it's not true."

Hugh last underwent treatment for basal cell carcinoma in 2017.

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