Hugh Jackman’s Skin Cancer: What You Should Know About Basal Cell Carcinoma

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Earlier this week, Hugh Jackman revealed the scary news that he had been treated for skin cancer. 

The 45-year-old actor shared a photo of his bandaged face and explained that he had a basal cell carcinoma removed from his nose.
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer, with
approximately 2.8 million cases diagnosed in the United States every year,
according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). While highly treatable, it can still destroy bone and skin tissue and cause disfigurement. 
It is believed to be caused by long-term exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, tanning lamps, and tanning beds.
Risk Factors

Anyone with a history of sun exposure is at risk for this type of cancer. However, people with blonde or red hair, fair skin and light-colored eyes (blue, green or gray) are at particularly high risk. 
Prevention
According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, the following guidelines can help prevent basal cell carcinomas:
1. Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
2. Do not burn.
3. Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
4. Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
5. Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher
every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad
spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
6. Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30
minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or after swimming
or excessive sweating.
7. Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
8. Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
9. See your doctor every year for a professional skin exam.
Learn more about risk factors, prevention and diagnosis at skincancer.org

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