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Hugh Jackman isn't scared of cancer

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Hugh Jackman isn't scared of cancer

Hugh Jackman says skin cancer is "not as scary" as he initially feared.

The 'Wolverine' star, who has had three surgeries on his nose since being diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma in 2013, insists he isn't worried about having to manage the condition for the rest of his life.

The 46-year-old actor said: "It's always a bit of a shock just hearing the word 'cancer'. Being an Australian it's a very common thing. I never wore sunscreen growing up so I was a prime candidate for it.

"It's not as scary as I first thought, as long as you take care of it."

Hugh believes his fellow Australian star Nicole Kidman has encouraged paler people to embrace and take care of their complexions.

He told PEOPLE magazine: "I'm heartened to see the idea that to be sexy and beautiful you have to be tan is gone. People like Nicole Kidman have done a great job. She was made fun of when she was a kid in Australia because she stayed in the shade. No one is making fun of her now."

The heartthrob now uses sunscreen every day and plans to use fake tan if he needs to in the future.

He said: "I used to think if I didn't come back with a little bit of colour, it's not a real holiday. I know the reality now: it's stupid. If you get colour, you are going to damage your skin on some level. In the old says, sometimes they'd ask me to get tan for a role, but now I spray-tan if I need it."