Posted by Lisa Dewey on February 16, 2017
This picture of Hugh Jackman with a large bandage on his nose and the headline stating that he has had 6 skin cancers removed is quite disturbing. He has basal cell carcinoma, a fairly common form of skin cancer, which is usually caused by sun exposure. The new articles don't identify the type of surgery he had, but Jackman may have had Mohs surgery to remove his basal cell skin cancer.
Mohs surgery is a precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer. During Mohs surgery, thin layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains. This surgery usually leaves less scarring, but it is still surgery!
Jackman recommends prevention----“USE sunscreen” he suggests. But what kind of sunscreen? The best sunscreens have zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide and sit on top of the skin, creating a barrier between the skin and the sun. These sunscreens are effective immediately upon application. Badger makes several all natural, zinc oxide sunscreens for babies, children and adults, as well as sunscreen sticks.
Hugh Jackman didn’t mention hats, but a broad brim hat offers excellent UV protection for your face and neck, too. Sunday Afternoons Hats and Wallaroo Hats make attractive, wide brimmed sun hats that are stylish and protective.
Basal cell skin cancer is easy to prevent; use your sunscreen and a sun hat and never have to share a pic of your bandaged nose on Instagram.