Hugh Jackman on His Battle With Skin Cancer, Education Plan for Kids

Hollywood A-Lister on his new mission to protect kids by helping them learn from his mistakes.
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Transcript for Hugh Jackman on His Battle With Skin Cancer, Education Plan for Kids
And finally tonight here, actor Hugh Jackman who famously puts his family first. Tonight, thinking about millions of other children after his own scare. Tonight, Hugh Jackman, no movie, no blockbuster right now. Instead, a far more personal script. A health scare with roots beginning as a boy. You were outdoors all the time. Yeah, I grew up in Australia. It was all outdoors. It was that old school be home when it's dark, be home for dinner, you know, mom or dad yelling out from the, dinner time! Reporter: The youngest of five, keeping up with his brothers under the blazing sun. When I look back at my childhood, I never remember putting on sun screen. Didn't know what it was. Never. Sunscreen when we were growing up was -- I don't think my dad or mom ever brought it. The thing I remember most, the rule about being outdoors was, you weren't allowed to swim within half an hour of eating. If do that, you're going to die. Reporter: You're going to go under. It's not true? What is true, Hugh says, despite his love of the outdoors, is how dangerous the sun can be. 1 in 5 Americans will hear those two worlds from that doctor at some point. Skin cancer. Filming "X men," a makeup artist notices a speck of blood on his nose. You thought you had cut yourself? I thought I hit myself, right? Which is not unusual. And I casually mentioned this to my wife, she was like, get it checked. Reporter: He remembers the doctor's words. She goes -- I don't really need to do it. I said, oh, it's fine? No, because I know, it's a skin cancer. I just don't know which one. I was like, what? Reporter: There are three types. Basal cell carcinocarcinoma. But it is still cancer. So, I just picked my phone up, I took a photo, bang, with the thing, I said, I've got a Basa basal cell carcinocarcinoma. Sending instagrams basically the world to warn them about the ravages of skin cancer. Reporter: Tonight, our camera in this Texas factory where Hugh Jackman is helping to make affordable children's sunscreen made in America. Purl sun defense, using cartoon characters, anything to came sure young eyes and more morntly, their skin. Putting sunscene on a kid is like herding cats. Reporter: That you see the band aid? Of course. It worries them. And they are always saying to me, dad, sit in the shade. Reporter: And that reminder from his own kids, now a reminder for everyone tonight. Here we are in the sun. I've got sunscreen on. Reporter: I'm going to after this. I will now. A powerful message and our thanks to Hugh Jackman tonight. I'm David Muir. We'll see you back here tomorrow.

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