Hugh Jackman, whose skin cancer has returned six times, urges fans to use sunscreen; know the first signs

Jackman has raised his voice, raising awareness since being diagnosed with skin cancer in 2013, and since then has had a constant battle with the disease which has returned six times

New Delhi: Hugh Jackman regularly updates his fans on his health news on social media. Recently, he urged everyone to watch their skin and always apply sunscreen to avoid the harmful effects of the sun’s rays.
Jackman has raised his voice, raised awareness since being diagnosed with skin cancer in 2013, and has since had a constant battle with the disease which has returned six times.
Last August, the X-Men and Wolverine star underwent another biopsy to have a cancerous lesion in his nose surgically removed. The award-winning actor encourages everyone to wear sunscreen all the time to prevent the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays and to do regular skin checks.

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What is skin cancer?

Being one of the most common forms of cancer today, skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells that usually occurs when overexposed to the sun. There are generally three types of skin cancer

  1. Basal cell carcinoma
  2. Squamous cell carcinoma
  3. Melanoma

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Doctors say any type of skin cancer can be treated if caught early. According to studies, skin cancer affects people of all skin colors, even the darkest. Even though sun exposure is mostly attributed to this cancer, doctors say even unexposed areas like the armpits, shoulders and soles of the feet can be significantly affected.

Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer

Although this cancer can develop anywhere in the body, doctors believe that even an existing mole can become cancerous. Let’s take a look at some of the signs and symptoms of skin cancer:
  • Brown spots with darker spots all over
  • A mole that suddenly changes color, size, or sensation and begins to bleed
  • A small lesion with an irregular border that changes color to red or blue-black
  • A painful lesion that itches or scratches and burns
  • Dark lesions on the palms, soles, fingertips, or toes, or on the mucous membranes lining the mouth or nose
  • Many times certain cancers also grow in the blood vessels of the skin, causing purple or red spots on the mucous membrane.
  • Inflammation or swelling of hair follicles
  • The emergence of hard and painless nodules

Schedule an appointment with the doctor if these signs and symptoms become very noticeable. Remember that skin cancer can be fatal if not treated in time.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietitian before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.

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