Yesterday, actor Hugh Jackman tweeted out a photo of his nose all bandaged with the following note: “Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a (basal) cell carcinoma. Please don’t be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!” (Deb is Hugh Jackman’s wife)
As a dermatologist, I’m really happy that his public service announcement will reach thousands of people (and now maybe even more since it’s been covered by major news outlets). I’m hoping that some of those folks who read his message will use sunscreen and get their skin checked, including young folks who may feel immune to the effects of ultraviolet radiation.
If Wolverine tells you to wear sunscreen, you should wear sunscreen!
Basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) are the most common form of skin cancer and UV predisposes you to this skin cancer. I can’t tell you how many folks I see who are diagnosed with this skin cancer who tell me that they got plenty of sun in their younger years. Indeed, those in the older generation rarely used sunscreen. In fact, some people thought that the UV rays were good for the skin!
For those of you young and old, it’s not too late to practice good sun protection. Do it now and save yourself a large bandage later!