A world leading medical research institute in Brisbane has developed an online Melanoma Risk Predictor .
QIMR Berghofer scientists Professor David Whiteman and Dr Catherine Olsen developed the online risk predictor using data from the world’s largest study of skin cancer.
“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, said Prof Whiteman.
“We found that for many people, their actual risk of melanoma as predicted by the tool was quite different to their own assessment.”
Professor Whiteman is a medical epidemiologist with a special interest in the causes, control and prevention of cancer.
QIMR Berghofer has been researching melanoma, the fourth most common cancer in Australia for over 40 years
Working closely with clinicians and other research institutes, Prof Whiteman’s team are translating discoveries into prevention strategies, new diagnostics and better treatments that save lives.
It is predicted that 14,320 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma this year, and 1,905 will die.