Jesse Tyler Ferguson took to Instagram to reveal he has skin cancer — except the post was a thank you note to his doctor for catching it in time. The Modern Family star was able to get everything fixed due to early detection. The star shared his story with a photo that captured himself bandaged from the removal of the mole that had been there.
In the caption of the photo, Ferguson said, “Thank you to Dr. Bennett & his entire team for taking the cancer out of my face. Good luck hiding the stitches tomorrow @modernfamily_makeuphair! #youwannaapieceofme #phantommask #spf75.”
Throughout the years, Jesse Tyler Ferguson has lent his hand to the important organization Stand Up To Cancer. Last year, he revealed to E! that his husband Justin Mikita had cancer when he was young.
“He was diagnosed when he was 13 and that’s sort of an age when you don’t really realize what’s going on. He goes in once a year for his check-up to make sure he’s still cancer free so he’s always reminded of it. I think it does touch him in a lot of ways. He’s thrilled that I’m here and I’m definitely representing him.”
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According to Heavy.com, Mikita, who is a lawyer, has been cancer-free for 15 years. The feature was written in 2014, so this makes it 16 years that Justin has been free of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Stand Up To Cancer isn’t the only time that Jesse spoke about his husband. In an interview with the Daily Beast, he proudly spoke about Justin’s work, and a specific moment where the two “collaborated” on screen.
“My husband in real life, Justin Mikita, worked on the initiative to overturn Prop 8, and was very involved in seeing that all the way to the Supreme Court. So the company he worked for, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, shot a lot of footage of celebration day the day that Prop 8 was overturned. We were actually using footage from that day in the episode.”
As for his cancer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson isn’t the only actor spreading awareness through Instagram. Over the last few years, X-Men actor Hugh Jackman, who had multiple scares with skin cancer, took to his Instagram to document his process with getting patches removed from his nose as his doctor detected the cancer early.
Outside of his Instagram, Jackman also opened up to People magazine about the ordeal. “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. I was trying to keep calm about it but it wasn’t until [his skin cancer surgeon] Dr. Michael Albom really explained to me that what I had, in a way, was the kind of skin cancer you want to have if you’re going to have it.”
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In order to raise awareness about prevention, Jackman started a kids sunscreen called Pure Sun Defense. Jackman publicly stated that he goes for check ups every three months.
It’s not yet known whether or not Jesse Tyler Ferguson will use this moment to promote advocacy for skin cancer, but seeing as he has a large platform with Instagram, we wouldn’t be surprised if he did.
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