The Australian sunshine and our beautiful beaches are one of the biggest selling points our country offers. However, there are a few precautions we all need to take when it comes to dealing with the harsh sunlight.
Hugh Jackman has taken to Instagram to post a photo of a Basal Cell skin cancer that he had removed from his nose, warning fans to make sure they always wear sunscreen.
“An example of what happens when you don’t wear sunscreen. Basal Cell. The mildest form of cancer but serious, nonetheless. PLEASE USE SUNSCREEN and get regular check-ups,” he wrote to his 4.9million followers.
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?
According to the Cancer Council of Australia, “BCC accounts for about 70% of non-melanoma skin cancers. It begins in the lower layer of the epidermis (top, outer layer of the skin). It can appear anywhere on the body but most commonly develops on parts of the body that receive high or intermittent sun exposure (head, face, neck, shoulders and back).”
“BCC often has no symptoms and tends to grow slowly without spreading to other parts of the body.
“Symptoms of BCC may include:
- a pearly lump
- a scaly, dry area that is shiny and pale or bright pink in colour.”
Using sunscreen daily and limiting your time in the sun is the best protection against this type of skin cancer.