Hugh Jackman takes to Twitter to share an important message
Proceed with caution when getting your daily dose of Vitamin D. According to the American Cancer Society, 3.3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year.
On February 13th, Hugh Jackman, with a bandage on his nose, took to Twitter to share his skin cancer story with fans:
“Another basal cell carcinoma. Thanks to frequent body checks and amazing doctors, all is well. Looks worse with the dressing on than off. I swear! #wearsunscreen”
Since 2013, the Australian actor has been treated for basal cell carcinoma at least four times, which affects 80 percent of those diagnosed each year. This makes it the most common form of skin cancer; however, it is rarely fatal.
Another type of skin cancer, melanoma, is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States and throughout the world. Every hour of every day, melanoma takes a life. Promoting awareness can save lives, as melanoma is curable if detected early, with a survival rate over 90 percent. This is the mission of the family and friends of Meg Moonan, who hope to increase awareness of the deadly form of cancer and one day find a cure.
Meg—a daughter, sister, wife, friend and mother of four—lost her 19-month battle with melanoma in 2012. Now, her family is working to help the growth and expansion of the melanoma program at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill.
“We are partnering with the March4Meg Foundation to increase awareness of skin cancer by promoting prevention and early detection throughout the community,” says Susan Latocha, community health and wellness coordinator at Christ Medical Center. “The mission of March4Meg, in addition to increasing awareness, is to offer educational programs and raise funds for the melanoma program at Christ Medical Center through the Meg Moonan Endowment.”
In addition, financial resources are utilized for other melanoma-related causes, including sun safety education and prevention programs, as well as financial support to melanoma patients and their families.
About the Author
Kelsey Sopchyk, health enews contributor, is a media relations coordinator at Advocate Aurora Health. She earned her BA in journalism and mass communications from the University of Iowa. In her spare time, you can find Kelsey tending to her plant children, trying new sushi restaurants in Chicago and cheering on the Cubs.