MELANOMA RISK PREDICTOR
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.“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.