Hugh Jackman inundated with prayers after revealing new skin cancer scare

Hugh Jackman has revealed he has “just had two biopsies done” after his doctor suspected basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.

The Australian actor, best known for his roles in The Wolverine, The Greatest Showman, and Les Miserables, urged his 31 million Instagram followers to wear sunscreen as he detailed his recent health scare.

Hugh, 54, wore a plaster on his nose as he told followers: “I wanted you to hear it from me, just in case someone sees me on the street or whatever. I’ve just had two biopsies done.” 

He added: “Could be or could not be basal cell. In [my doctor’s] opinion, she doesn’t know. I’ll find out in two or three days and as soon as I know, I’ll let you know.” 

The Golden Globe-winning actor added in the caption of his post: “I know you’ve heard me talk about my basal cell carcinomas before. I’m going to keep talking about them, if need be. And if it reminds even one person to put on sunscreen with a high SPF, then I’m happy.” 

Hugh’s fans were quick to react to his post, flooding the comments section with their thoughts and prayers. 

“Praying it’s nothing. Thank you for using your platform to help others,” wrote one fan, as another echoed: “Praying for your health and well wishes”. 

“You are incredibly humble and aware, even at your high level of stardom, that we are all in it together. Thank you!” added a third, while a fourth felt compelled to share: “Just booked an appointment with a dermatologist because of this post.” 

Hugh, who lives in New York with his wife Deborra, reminded his doting fans that a basal cell is a low-risk form of cancer, though continued to stress the importance of wearing SPF.

“Put some sunscreen on. You’ll still have an incredible time out there. All right. Please be safe,” he continued.

According to the NHS, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) usually appears as a small, shiny pink or pearly-white lump with a translucent or waxy appearance. It can also look like a red, scaly patch. It a rarely fatal, but it can be locally aggressive if not removed quickly. 

Basal cell carcinoma very rarely reaches an advanced stage, so chemotherapy is not usually needed as a form of treatment.