Hugh Jackman had his wife to thank after a he discovered an unusual growth protruding from his nose. The actor revealed earlier this week that he had a cancer spot removed from his nose, sharing the news with his fans via his Instagram, along with a picture of his bandaged nose, and gave us all a reminder of why wearing sunscreen is an essential task.

According to the actor, his wife Deborra-Lee Furness noticed the spot on Jackman and insisted that he have it checked out. Her weariness proved to be potentially life-saving for the Wolverine star, as his check up revealed that the growth was cancerous. It was a close call for the Aussie actor, who joins the likes of Eric Dane, Bruce Jenner, Ewan McGregor and Anderson Cooper, who have all shared their own brushes with cancer in the past.

"Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right! I had a [basal] cell carcinoma," the actor said in the caption for his pic. "Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!"

So far, the Aussie actor hasn't released any further details on the diagnosis or his treatment, but from the Instagram photo alone you can clearly see that he has had a scalpel to the bridge of his nose. Hopefully, Jackman will make a full recovery and his cancer scare won't put a hold on any of his upcoming movies, the most eagerly awaited of which is his return as Wolverine/Logan in X Men: Days of Futures Past. The next X Men movie is is currently in post-production and is set for release on 23 May 2014.

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Jackman had a close call with the dreaded disease