Melanoma Prevention – Launched the online Melanoma Risk Predictor
Nearly 2000 Australians are predicted to die from melanoma in 2018—a concerning statistic made all the more shocking when it is realised that almost all of these deaths are preventable. Melanoma is the fourth most common cancer in Australia and the numbers of people diagnosed with the disease are projected to climb steadily into the future.
QIMR Berghofer is a true world-leader in skin cancer prevention. Did you know that that we’ve been studying melanoma and its causes for over 40 years, and that our research findings contributed directly to the ‘Slip Slop Slap’ campaign launched in the 1980s?
Professor David Whiteman, Senior Scientist and Deputy Director, specialises in the prevention of melanoma. Professor Whiteman leads the QSkin Study, which is the world’s largest study of skin cancer, consisting of almost 44 000 participants aged in their forties to seventies.
Using this rich source of data, Professor Whiteman developed an online Melanoma Risk Predictor online test, a simple way to predict the risk of anyone developing melanoma over the next three and a half years. His research found that people’s actual risk of melanoma was quite different to their own self-assessment, highlighting the importance of getting personalised advice regarding your likelihood of developing a melanoma. His team will now trial the online Melanoma Risk Predictor among skin cancer doctors and their patients to test how it performs in doctor's (general practitioner) clinics.
Professor Whiteman also pioneered the Sunscreen Summit in conjunction with the Australian Skin and Skin Cancer Centre (ASSC), which brings together the most influential people from the industry to review the latest research findings and develop a new national sunscreen policy.
Believe it or not, 9 in 10 Australians still don’t know when they need sun protection, according to new research released by Cancer Council Australia.
Cancer Council's free SunSmart Weather app
Research from our partners at Cancer Council shows that 9 in 10 Australians don’t know when they need sun protection, and that sun protection is required when UV levels are three or above. The free SunSmart Weather app allows you to keep track of UV anytime, anywhere. It can be downloaded from the App Store (for iPhone/iOS devices) Google Play Store (for Android devices).
'Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight is the main environmental cause of melanoma, with researchers estimating that it causes anywhere between 63% and 90% of all melanoma cases.'