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See Hugh Jackman's plea to fans after removal of cancerous growth

After informing his Instagram followers of a cancer scare, Hugh Jackman is asking fans to take precautions in an effort to avoid the same fate.

The Academy Award nominee issued a warning to fans Monday morning, when he posted a photo of his face, where a bandage covered the bridge of his nose.

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"An example of what happens when you don't wear sunscreen. Basal Cell [carcinoma]," the caption reads. "The mildest form of cancer but serious, nonetheless."

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: Hugh Jackman attends the "Eddie The Eagle" Screening at Landmark Sunshine Theater on February 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

According to the Mayo Clinic, Basal cell carcinoma is a skin cancer that often "appears as a waxy bump," develops in "new skin cells as old ones die off," and usually occurs on patches of skin that are "often exposed to the sun, such as your face and neck."

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The medical-research nonprofit adds that staying out of the sun and using sunscreen "may help protect against basal cell carcinoma."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 28: Hugh Jackman attends the 2016 G'Day Los Angeles Gala at Vibiana on January 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)

In an attempt to save others from a similar scare, Jackman echoed this sentiment in a two-pronged call to action, emphasizing the first directive in all-caps.

"PLEASE USE SUNSCREEN," he wrote, "and get regular check-ups."

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