QIMR Berghofer is a world-leader in skin cancer prevention. With the help of our research, Australians are more sun smart than ever, with Australia being the only country in the world where melanoma rates have started to fall. However, melanoma is still the fourth most common cancer in Australia, and a shocking 1 905 Australians are predicted to die from melanoma in 2018.
Cancer Australia predicts that in 2018, 14 320 new cases will be diagnosed nationally.
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Researchers at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Professor David Whiteman and Dr Catherine Olsen, have developed an online test to predict the risk of developing melanoma over the next 3.5 years.
It calculates the results based on seven risk factors for melanoma, including age, sex, ability to tan, number of moles at age 21, number of skin lesions treated, hair colour and sunscreen use. The risk predictor was developed using data from nearly 42 000 people aged from their forties to seventies.
“This online risk predictor will help identify those people with the highest likelihood of developing melanoma so that they and their doctors can decide how to best manage their risk.
“Regular screening of those at highest risk may help to detect melanomas early, and hopefully before they’ve spread to the lower layers of the skin and other parts of the body,” Professor Whiteman said.
The study found that people’s actual risk of melanoma was quite different to their own assessment, highlighting the importance of getting personalised advice on your melanoma risk.
The team at QIMR Berghofer now plans to trial the online melanoma risk predictor among skin cancer doctors and their patients to test how it performs in the clinic.
Learn more about Professor Whiteman’s research by visiting his Cancer Control Group laboratory page.
Assess your risk of developing melanoma in the next 3.5 years by answering a few questions in the Melanoma Risk Predictor.
RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT MELANOMA
To remind people to be sun safe at the beach, sand sculptors created a series of sandcastles gravestones at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. It was a stark reminder of the dangers of melanoma, and helped us raise awareness of the importance of assessing your risk, and visiting health professionals to manage your risk.
QIMR Berghofer researchers were there on the day to discuss their research with members of the public. Below is video and a photo gallery from the day.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you would like to learn more about the tool, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page which outlines common questions you might have about the Melanoma Risk Predictor as well as information on the QSkin study.
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