QSkin is the largest medical research study ever conducted in Queensland.
The QSkin study will provide long-term information about the burden of skin cancer in Queensland. By comparing the information from people with and without skin cancer, we will also gain a better understanding of how skin cancers develop.

 What is so important about skin cancer?

Queenslanders have the highest rates of melanoma and skin cancer in the world. With better knowledge of the causes, we can work towards better methods for preventing and treating these cancers.


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.

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Keratinocyte Cancer Risk Predictor

To use the Keratinocyte Cancer Risk Predictor you must agree with the following terms and conditions of use.

The Keratinocyte Cancer 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.

  • The Keratinocyte Cancer Risk Predictor is designed to provide an estimation of a person's risk of developing keratinocyte cancer over a 3 year period.
  • The keratinocyte cancers are the common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).
  • The tool does not estimate risk of developing melanoma.
  • The tool may be updated from time to time with new data which may affect results generated from use of the tool.
  • The information provided by the tool is to be used as a general guide and not to be solely relied upon. It is highly recommended that you discuss your personal risk factors and results of this risk assessment with your doctor.

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