While they might seem larger than life, celebrities are people like anyone else, and like the rest of the world, they are not immune to the effect of the sun. While they often sport smooth skin and caramel tans for the sake of their craft, they are just as likely to be affected by skin cancer as anyone else. Here are ten celebrities who have been affected by skin cancer at some point in their career:
Ten celebrities who have been affected by skin cancer
Hugh Jackman is one of Australia’s most famous actors, known for big productions like “Australia” and his role as Wolverine in the “X-Man” franchise. In 2013 he was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, which he had removed; by May 2015, he’d had four cancers removed from his skin. Now he gets a check up every three months to ensure his skin remains healthy.
One of the most popular actresses in the 70s and 80s, Diane Keaton, was a superstar, but she was also very fair skinned. She admits that as a young actress, she always tried to tan until she was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma on her face at the age of 21. Now, she wears broad spectrum sunscreen on her face every day.
Donal Logue is best known for his roles in “Sons of Anarchy” and “Vikings”, and in 2013 had a near brush will cancer when he noticed a bump on his scalp that turned out to be a squamous cell carcinoma. Today, as a fair skinned and red haired man, he is much more careful about sun protection.
Another big name, Ewan McGregor, had multiple cancerous moles removed in the early 2000s and has since dedicated himself to avoiding two habits that increase the risk of other cancers: smoking and drinking alcohol.
A very vocal spokesperson of the cancer community, the Kardashian sister had two moles removed from her back, one of which was a melanoma. Now she has herself examined every three months and is always careful to follow the ABCDEs of sun safety.
Popular talk show host and producer Andy Cohen had a spot on his lip checked out at the insistence of his friend. While previously addicted to tanning, he quickly changed the way he approached sun safety when he found out it was a melanoma.
Bob Marley was a music industry giant known for his genre bending music. In 1981, however, he sadly passed away from a skin cancer that developed under his toenail. Due to its unusual position, it was discovered too late and reminded everyone to always check any unique spot with their dermatologist.
Best known for her role as the lead in 1988 “Working Girl”, Melanie Griffith is also a survivor of multiple skin cancer cases, one from her nose and another from a different part of her face.
While a tough and forbidding figure, US Senator John McCain has had multiple melanomas removed over the years. In 2017 he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and unfortunately passed away in 2018.
Retired Olympic gold winning decathlete and American television personality Caitlyn Jenner had a basal cell carcinoma removed from her nose. Now she asks her fans always to wear sunscreen to protect themselves from damaging UV radiation.