Hugh Jackman recently discovered that he had a spot of skin cancer on his face and promptly had it removed.

Hugh Jackman's Skin Cancer Is Basil Cell Carcinoma

The cancer spot, which appeared on his nose, was brought to his attention by his wife Deborra-Lee Furness. “Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked,” Jackman caption the picture he posted to Instagram with a bandage over his nose. “Boy, was she right! I had a basil cell carcinoma. Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!"

Jackman, whose rep hasn’t offered any more details on the Wolverine actor’s carcinoma, must have had it taken care of within the last week. On Nov. 13, he was backstage at a showing of Big Fish on Broadway where he was captured in a photograph that clearly shows a reddish mark on his nose.

Jackman’s active and outdoorsy lifestyle likely contributed to his basal cell carcinoma. It’s a form of skin cancer caused by long-term exposure to the sun, and takes the form of a small sore or bump. Although it’s uncommon for the cancer to spread, it can lead to disfigurement if left untreated.

The Australian actor is currently taking some time off from shooting after churning out performances in the critically acclaimed Les Miserables, sequels The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Prisoners.

– Chelsea Regan

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