To use the Melanoma Risk Predictor, you must agree with the following terms and conditions of use.
The Melanoma Risk Predictor is not intended to be used as a substitute for your doctor's advice. You should always consult your doctor if you think you might be at risk, particularly if you have noticed a new or changed skin lesion.
Note: "other" includes Asia, Pacific Islands, Africa, Indigenous Australian
We recommend that you become familiar with your skin. Check all areas of your skin regularly (at least every three months), including skin not normally exposed to the sun. Look for new spots or changes in the shape, colour or size of any existing spots or moles. If you notice anything unusual, see your doctor. (A guide to checking your skin can be found here).
The National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia recommends that people at higher risk of melanoma should have regular skin checks by a doctor. We therefore recommend you talk to your doctor about your melanoma risk.
To learn more about QIMR Berghofer’s Deputy Director David Whiteman’s cancer research, please visit his Cancer Control Group laboratory page.
Even though your risk of melanoma is not 'high' compared with other people of the same age and sex, this does not mean that you will not get melanoma. To minimise your risk of developing melanoma, it is important to protect yourself from the harmful effects of sunlight. When outdoors and exposed to the sun, remember to wear sun protective clothing (including hats and sunglasses), apply broad-spectrum sunscreen to exposed skin, and seek shade.
More information about sun protection can be found at the SunSmart website.