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Hugh Jackman has fifth cancerous growth removed

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, February 8, 2016, 3:08 PM

Hugh Jackman shared this photo of his nose shortly after he had a basal cell carcimona removed.Hugh Jackman via Twitter

Hugh Jackman shared this photo of his nose shortly after he had a basal cell carcimona removed.

Aussie actor Hugh Jackman certainly has a nose for sun safety.

The “X-Men” star had yet another cancerous growth removed from his face — his fifth basal cell carcinoma in less than three years — then promptly urged his fans to wear sunscreen by posting a picture of his bandaged proboscis.

“An example of what happens when you don’t use sunscreen,” Jackman posted on Twitter. “Basal cell. Mildest form of cancer. USE SUNSCREEN PLEASE!”

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Three of the previous four cancer cells had also been on Jackman’s nose, according to Entertainment Weekly. The other was on his shoulder.

The Australian-born actor has had five similar procedures in the past three years.Doug Meszler / Splash News/Doug Meszler / Splash News

The Australian-born actor has had five similar procedures in the past three years.

Basal cell carcinomas are typically the result of “cumulative and intense, occasional sun exposure,” according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, which, like Jackman, recommended a thick layer of ray repellant.

Staying out out of the sun works, too.

The growths don’t usually spread to other parts of the body and are easily treatable, but can become life-threatening if ignored.

The Sydney-born Jackman said in May that he now goes to checkups every three months.

“Being an Australian it’s a very common thing,” he told People magazine. “I never wore sunscreen growing up so I was a prime candidate for it.”

In addition to speaking out about the condition, the “Prisoners” star also launched his own line of sunscreen for children called Pure Sun Defense last year in an effort to further spread awareness about the risks of sun damage.

“Basal cell carcinoma is just something you have to deal with,” Jackman told People. “It’s cancerous. It will grow. You just have to get it out.”

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