• Queensland is the Skin Cancer Capital of the World.
  • Melanoma is the single most common cause of cancer deaths in Queensland.
  • MoleScreen has state of the art diagnostic and monitoring equipment.
  • We were the first Skin Cancer Clinic in Brisbane and Queensland, established in 1997.
  • We only ever operate in the patients best interest.
Sub Header Image

Skin Cancer Study

by admin on March 4, 2011

New Study to determine causes of Skin Cancer in Brisbane

Although basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are relatively slow to spread and not very difficult to treat, melanoma can spread very quickly and is therefore harder to treat. The QIMR(Queensland Institute of Medical Research) is embarking on a study intended to monitor 200,000 men and women to try and produce further understanding of what causes skin cancer.David Whiteman,the Associate professor of QIMR’s Cancer Control Group says ““Around 451,000 people will have been newly diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia in 2010, and more than 2,000 will develop melanoma. With better knowledge of the causes, we can work towards better methods for preventing and treating these cancers,”

This study is the largest medical research study that has ever been done in the area. It is seeking volunteers between the ages of 40 and 69. Volunteers are being asked to complete a survey and consent to have the researchers access their medical records. The survey will include information on how much time the volunteers spend in the sun, any family members who may have had skin cancer, the number of moles and freckles they have, and the type of skin they have, among other things. This will give researchers the information they need to more accurately determine skin cancer risk factors.

The aim is to develop a tool that can be used by skin cancer clinics and doctors to identify who is most at risk for these cancers so these people can be urged to get more frequent mole checks and mole scans, hopefully catching these cancers in the early stages before they spread and become life-threatening. Similar screening tools are already being used by doctors for other conditions, including heart disease. Here at MoleScreen our proprietary system SkinMap allows monitoring of mole changes in order to facilitate the early detection of skin cancer in Brisbane. The study’s information may also be used to help advise people on what to do, and what not to do, if they want to minimize their overall risk for skin cancer. Those who are more at risk need to take extra care not to spend time unprotected in the sun and to get mole checks and mole scans regularly to make sure they don’t have any suspicious moles that need to be removed. Hopefully the information learned in the course of this study will be able to help prevent new skin cancer cases.

Next post: