QIMR Berghofer launches online test to predict melanoma risk for those aged 40 and over

Source: Townsville Bulletin, March 2018

QUEENSLAND researchers have developed a simple online test for people aged 40 and over to predict their risk of developing melanoma in the next few years.

The test, to be launched today, is based on questionnaires involving about 40,000 Queenslanders, known as the QSkin study, including more than 650 people diagnosed with a melanoma during the research period.

It calculates a person’s likelihood of developing melanoma in the next 3½ years based on risk factors such as age, gender, ability to tan, hair colour, sunscreen use and number of moles at age 21.

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