HUGH Jackman has taken to Instagram after a mark on his nose was diagnosed as a form of cancer known as basal cell carcinoma.
The actor had the mark checked after being tipped off by his wife, actor Deborra-Lee Furness.
"Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a basil (sic) cell carcinoma. Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!
Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a basil cell carcinoma. Please… http://t.co/DESCvGR7GX— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 21, 2013
Fans around the world used the opportunity to offer support and amplify the visibility Jackman added to skin cancer awareness.
"As someone who was diagnosed with stage 3 malignant melanoma at age 23, THANK YOU for speaking out about this and sharing your experience. Best wishes to you! #sunsafety", posted a fan using the handle 'chels_e_31'
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer that, while malignant, rarely metastasizes or kills.
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