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Hugh Jackman 'was treated for skin cancer'

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Image caption Hugh Jackman said his wife had urged him to get his nose checked

Australian actor Hugh Jackman says he has been treated for skin cancer after seeking advice for a mark on his nose.

The star of Wolverine posted an image of his face with a bandage on his nose on his Instagram account and wrote: "Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked."

He said he had been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma (BCC).

BCC usually develops on skin exposed to the sun, and accounts for about 75% of skin cancers.

Hugh Jackman, who was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year for his performance as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, said his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, had told him to seek medical advice.

"Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right!"

He did not say when he was diagnosed or what treatment he received, but said that anyone with concerns should seek medical advice.

"Please don't be foolish like me," he wrote. "Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!"

BCC produces cancerous cells on the surface of the skin. Surgery is the main treatment. If left untreated, it rarely spreads to other parts of the body, but it can damage or disfigure surrounding tissue.

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