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Hugh Jackman: "I've had four skin cancers in 18 months"

The Australian actor is taking sun protection seriously. He has even launched a sunscreen brand for kids

By Andrea Tim | Published: 11 May 2015

Hugh on skin cancer
Photo: thehughjackman/Instagram

He may be known as the self-healing Wolverine in the X-Men film series, but in real life, Hugh Jackman is as vulnerable to skin cancer as the rest of us are. Having had four skin cancers removed in the last 18 months, he is not taking skincare lightly.

"It's always a bit of a shock just hearing the word 'cancer,'" Hugh told People. "Being an Australian it's a very common thing. I never wore sunscreen growing up so I was a prime candidate for it."

The actor and father of two was first diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma (the most common skin cancer) in 2013. He had been filming X-Men: Days of Future Past when "my makeup artist noticed a little spot of blood on my nose and told me to get it checked." Hugh dismissed it because he thought it was an injury from his fight sequences as the clawed superhero Wolverine. His wife Deborra-Lee Furness also urged him to see a doctor and it's a good thing he did.

"I go every three months for checkups," he said. "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."

Hugh co-founded and recently launched Pure Sun Defense, a sunscreen brand for children, to spread awareness about the importance of wearing sun block and protecting your skin from a young age. Sure, the packaging is meant to appeal to kids, but if SPF50 works, it works for any age (okay, we really want that Frozen bottle).

(Photo: Pure Sun Defense)

Related: Is Hugh Jackman done with Wolverine?


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