Meet Popular Actor Who Battled Cancer Six Times And Survived

Cancer is a disease in which cells divide abnormally and uncontrollably and destroy body tissue. Now that sounds pretty scary and to make matters worse anyone can get cancer, anywhere and at any time (although it's not transferrable). 

Battling cancer and surviving unscarred both physically and psychologically is a great feat, but there is an actor who has survived cancer six times over.

He is a real-life Wolverine and yes, he is the same wolverine you see in the X-Men movies. 

Hugh Jackman had a sixth operation this year to remove traces of skin cancer from his face. 

The 48-year-old actor has been battling with basal cell carcinoma (a common type of skin cancer) since 2013.

He recently urged his fans to always go for regular medical checkups and always wear sunscreen (In fact don't stay too long in the sun at all). 

Below is a pic of him after surgery which removed the mole from his nose. 

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most commonly-treated type of skin cancer although it is not as serious as melanoma (another type of skin cancer although much more serious)

Symptoms of Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma usually includes a growth that: 

  • appears as a firm, red lump
  • sometimes bleed
  • develops a crust or scab
  • begins to heal but never completely heals
  • is itchy
  • looks like a flat, red spot that is scaly and crusty 
  • develops into a painless ulcer

Basal Cell Carcinoma almost never spreads beyond the original tumor site expect in rare cases and becomes life-threatening

However, if left untreated mild cases can become incredibly dangerous. 

If treated at an early stage, it can be completely cured. 

People  who develop Basal Cell Carcinoma are more likely to see a recurrence so you should always have yourself checked out whenever you notice something unusual

Basal Cell Carcinoma can be easily removed with Mohs Surgery (the most effective removal procedure). The process makes use of microscopic technology to analyze all the cells during surgery and removes all dangerous cells. 

How To Reduce Your Risk of Getting Basal Cell Carcinoma or any other Skin Cancer 
  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible 
  • Do not burn and resist tanning 
  • Cover up with sleeved clothing, hats/caps, and sunglasses
  • Use an effective sunscreen that provides protection against UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of at least 15 every day (even in winter)
  • Use a sunscreen that provides protection against UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 30 or higher if you are spending a day on the beach or in the sun. 
  • Always apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. 
  • Make monthly regular checks on your body for unusual marks and get an annual check-up with a doctor or dermatologist. 

Remember, anyone can get cancer and although most cancers are not transferable, you can increase your risk of anal or throat cancer, if you contract a sexually transmitted disease like HPV.  The best you can do is to live a healthy life and follow all health tips. 

So there you have it. 

I remain your favorite health blogger, Paul Samuel FitnessDoctor

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