Associate Professor Louisa Gordon: firstname.lastname@example.org
- This project can be scaled appropriately for PhD study, MPhil or Masters study.
Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world and this is attributed to an outdoor lifestyle and high ambient ultraviolet radiation. The two most common types of skin cancers are squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC), collectively called keratinocyte cancer (KC). In Australia, 2% of the population is estimated to develop KC each year. Policy-makers need to understand the economic burden of skin cancer to be able to adequately plan for prevention and treatment resources. A major gap in the cost-effectiveness studies of skin cancer prevention or treatments is the lack of understanding of health utilities (similar to quality of life) for people experiencing multiple KCs, the ‘frequent flyers’. These are people for whom skin cancers are not trivial but an ongoing chronic disease. This project will be sub-study of the QSkin Sun and Health Study which links survey data to patient-level Medicare records. The QSkin study enrolled 43,794 individuals aged 40-69 years selected at random from the Queensland Electoral Roll in 2010-2011. Self-reported data collected at the baseline survey included questions relating to socio-demographic, medical, and phenotypic characteristics, as well sun exposure and sun protection behaviours and general wellbeing. This health utility study will re-contact a number of QSkin participants with multiple skin cancers and capture health utilities, analyse and report these so that they can inform future cost-utility analyses in skin cancer.
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